Impact of Journalism on Youth

The youth today is exposed to journalism each and every second of their lives. The difference between the overall population and the youth inside the population in the context of journalism is that   the youth has superior competence in using the latest technologies that help them to be informed about everything that is happening all around the world. Even in the history of Journalism the youth had a vital role to play. Let us explain. First of all every impact news had on the global population ranging from protests to rallies to opinions and influence was majorly a part of a youth centric paradigm. Case studies in the 20th century journalism testify to this fact. The view and opinions of youth was very much required in every survey conducted, most journalistic researches and interviews.   It was the youth that mainly thought about massive global movements and changes and used journalism as a tool to voice their opinions. Today the internet has democratized the process of information distribution so much that an individual does not need to go through the permission of journalists or newspaper editors to get their views out into the world.  Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter spearheading the world of social media have made the process of voicing opinions for the youth very easy.

The journalism culture has fascinated the youth since the time of its inception. This depends on niche areas of interest ranging from politics to lifestyle.  Mass communication colleges in Kolkata and B.Sc colleges in Kolkata that train the undergraduates and post graduates on  various collective courses and models of media  have emphasized on subjects like Television, Radio, Film Studies and today, New Media.   Ranging from the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter, today online journalism has taken the world by storm. Most of the times, the news comes in the online platform first before the information gets published in the print media.

This is such an interesting dynamic in the world and the ever changing media industry that Mass Communication colleges in Kolkata like iLEAD have introduced short term professional courses and language courses to give the students an extra professional edge over competitors. This is also an added advantage for those who want to use the new media tools.

Impact is a word that is interwoven in the consciousness of the youth as they are already the consumers of the information provided to them by the world of news media.  The news media in return sells to them or persuades their thinking into agendas, awareness about happenings, political upheavals, conflicts and much more.  A huge part of the news, well, the majority of it deals with the reality of problems and proposed solutions in the world.  The media students view this news very objectively unlike the ordinary consumer who receives these messages from an emotional angle. So, even if there is an impact on the youth, the distinction between students from mass communication colleges in Kolkata and any other youth is that of objectivity and meticulous understanding against a perceptual and emotional understanding.


Author Bio

About Samrat:


An editor for various publications and a faculty of Media Science at iLEAD, Samrat after a decade of dating and impressing the world of media can often be seen on Sundays at various Kolkata cafes with a guitar, diary and microphone. Literature, jazz music and thunderstorms helps him write poetry, reports and movie scripts which gets him compliments, published articles and awards from various countries at his doorstep when he least expects them. He has a knack for emceeing, teach and sometimes sing on stage and also completed courses in Photography and French (DELF A1) with distinction. His interests include AI, Philanthropy, Recycling and currently he is working as a teacher of Digital Media, Blogger and Content Writer at iLEAD.

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