What journalism students ought to become


A piece of advice for journalism students from the former deputy comptroller and auditor general of India, Harprasad Das, as heard by an intrepid reporter of the Orissa-based newspaper, Political and Business Daily:

“Media students should become performers because performance justifies performance. What they speak is not their performance, rather what they perform is their creativity.”

Or, as Donald Rumsfeld, the former US secretary of defence said:

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”

Also read: George Orwell: sloppy thinking leads to sloppy writing

William Safire‘s 18 steps to better writing

Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul‘s seven rules for writers

Media’s gravest threat is turgid prose

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