Forensic Journalism in India

Authors

  • Rakesh Mia
  • Megha Jain

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v23i5.3463

Keywords:

Forensic science, Forensic journalism, Ten golden rules, Career Opportunity.

Abstract

Criminalistics, another name for forensic science, is the application of science to criminal and civil legislation.
Investigative journalism is the parent discipline of forensic journalism. A forensic journalist follows the “Ten
Golden Rules” in order to ascertain the truth and spot errors by studying and researching it in any accessible
medium. When forensics, which is thought of as combining science and law, is combined with journalism, a
new phrase known as “forensic journalism” is created. Although not new in wealthy western nations, forensic
journalism is a new field in our nation. It is challenging to pursue this as a career option since being a successful
forensic journalist requires enthusiasm, tenacity, hard effort, patience, and my other attributes. Investigative
journalism is a type of reporting where reporters delve closely into a specific subject of interest, such as significant
crimes, government corruption, or corporate misconduct. Forensic journalism, which goes beyond what most
journalists do, is described as being practised when journalists cross the boundaries between journalism and law
in order to achieve something socially, and there is overlap in this action. This action frequently aids in revealing
the truth and justice by gathering information that is admissible and withstands the scrutiny in court. Currently,
journalism focuses on issues, whereas forensic journalism focuses on solutions to those problems. Broadcasting
media, which is seen to be considerably more opinionated owing to organised discussion sessions, is a very close
illustration of this discipline. In fact, forensic journalism compromises between the media organisation and the
legal authorities. By structuring the reports so that they concentrate on the details of the entire crime under consent,
the reports serve the interests of the media organisation, law enforcement agencies, as well as the general public
and make the news much more interesting and informative. In other words, via forensic journalism, the media
finally stands up for what it believes to be right.

Author Biographies

  • Rakesh Mia

    President, Applied Forensic Research Sciences

  • Megha Jain

    Member, Applied Forensic Research Sciences.

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Published

2023-11-30

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