The second day of the workshop, 'DARPAN: Tamil Region Workshop on Reporting and Feature Writing', which had been held at the CSI Retreat Centre, Kanyakumari, began with welcoming God's presence and guidance. The first session was chaired by an eminent speaker Dr Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi (Former Principal Adviser to the Director-General, UNIDO, Vienna, Austria). He spoke on the social conviction of a reporter, and how it implies to church magazine. He encouraged the gospel magazines to concentrate more on social issues and to serve as a representative for the voice to the voiceless.
Mr Davidson Sargunam (Journalist), spoke as the second panellist in the session. He said that a good reporter must have a good character. He put forth the practical applicability of a journalist irrespective of situational competence.
The next session was led by Mr Esaikiappan, Tamil Desk Chief The Hindu in Tirunelveli. He spoke on the styles of writing the introduction (intro) for news and added that a good journalist should be honest. He enriched the delegates on the vitality of the inverted pyramid style, which is a basic feature of any news story. He also threw light on the essential mobile and computer Apps to be used for preparing and editing the news. He also gave insights on the shortcuts of photography and the creative use of catchy titles.
Dr D. Henry Raja (Associate Professor of Physics, Scott Christian College) talked about how reporting and writing for Church magazine differ from secular media. He pointed out that the editor of a Christian magazine is not so free to edit some content because of religious restrictions. It is the reporter's job to emphasize the reality that the Christian magazine and focus on promoting peace rather than instigating a problem. The second-day session closed with the evaluation of the reports written on the first day.
~ CSI Synod Communications Reporting Team