Topic– lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators
7) “Our republic and its press will rise and fall together”. (J Pulitzer) Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
Cobrapost sting has captured the imagination of the entire nation and lowered the image of media which was already down in the dumps. This calls into question the grave issue of ethics in media and why media’s role in crucial in sustenance of republic and democracy.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to present our view on the interrelationship between an ethical media and a thriving republic. It expects us to bring out the values which are to be upheld by media and how those values translate into a strong republic. We are also expected to bring out how those values are crumbling today which is also affecting the harmony in our nation and society.
Comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading. Your opinion may be for or against, but you must back your argument with evidences. These types of question offer you a chance to consolidate your reading of different subjects to justify your opinion.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – mention the Cobrapost scandal and the debates that it raises. Highlight that Pulitzer, the trailblazer of journalism, would have been ashamed.
- Explain the values which in your opinion is what media has to uphold. Like freedom of speech, asking questions, parliament of the people etc
- Relate those values to how they would help in strengthening the republic. This should be the main part of your answer
- Examine how the media has performed so far and the effects it has had on the nation and the society
- Present your view
Conclusion – Stress on the importance of media for a democracy and suggest reforms like the findings of Leveson committee etc