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Covering education in media: Need to make it responsive and active
The recent cases of murder, rape, suicide, violence, protests, etc in educational institutions had the coverage of the incidents on the bases of crime or politics as news reports.

In fact, in India, educational journalism has not taken roots to analyse events on the basis of finding reasons of serious incidents in the light of the educational policies, processes, practices, management mechanisms, etc.

Furthermore, the spread of education in the private sector, thriving of coaching centres, inappropriate use of ICTs, crime on campuses, falling quality of education in the government sector, institution-society gulf are some of emergent issues which require evidence-based educational journalism to keep education on the right course.

Education journalists can get access to educational premises and attend any event including staff meetings, PTA meetings, management meetings, and classroom sessions. They can even access and examine the institution records under Right to Information Act for researching and reporting. They can also hold interviews with the functionaries on the spot but their questions are to be based on educational insights.

In some countries, there exist education writers and journalists associations, education journalism research centers at the press clubs, and education journalism awards. Their sources of information are often the teachers, faculty members, students, institutional records, policy documents, educational experts, parents, managers, educational authorities.

Even in advanced countries, the television coverage of education is reported to be inadequate, shallow and week. It is said that it was often difficult to get in-person access to educational campuses by education reporters despite the fact that they have an obligation to be accessible to legitimate and credentialed reporters.

In India, education is one of the most neglected sectors in media and educational institutions along with competing interests of various stakeholders in education, students and management make the authenticity of the gathered information doubtful. However, even different viewpoints can be articulated.

Education journalism needs to sensitise various stakeholders about the current policies, legal rights, quality, equality and inclusion issues in education. Education journalists also need to tie up with citizen journalists, bloggers and social media activists for gathering information and knowing their view points.

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