IF IT’S TRUE, REPORT ON IT
By: Zinhle Mngadi
The Annual Mahatma Gandhi Media Lecture’s focus for this year was the importance of reporting on the truth as Editor of the Witness Angela Quintal addressed journalism students at the Durban University of Technology on Friday.
The Journalism Department together with the Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) hosted the fifth Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lecture aimed to empower upcoming journalist on issues faced in the industry. This lecture received a warm welcome from the journalism students as the venue was full to its maximum by students.
“I wish Mahatma was alive to ask what is happening to the pursuit of the truth”
The Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Design, Dr Kenneth Netshiombo, said these words when he made the official opening of the lecture on Friday. He stressed that writers should remember the principles of satyagrahah applied by Gandhi of ‘respect for truth’.
The main speaker for the day was the Witness Editor Angela Quintal who told students to give hope and empowerment whenever they write a story. She discouraged stereotyping within the media industry and urged students to go after untold stories of the hero’s in communities. “There are people in our communities that are heroes and whose stories need to be told,” said Quintal.
She also made known to students that their right to express their view as the future media representatives is being infringed as the State of Information Bill has been passed. She said, “Our democratic space is shut down.” This however did not instil fear in the audience as a booming question and answer session proceeded after the address.
Third year journalism student, Farida Joyce, told JournalismIziko that the lecture equipped her as soon she will be entering into the industry for her Work Integrated Learning. “Angela made me understand the pressure I will face in the industry and how critical it is for me to remain objective in telling all my stories because the truth really is what journalists should only report.”