interesting interview with Ramin fallah

“During my ten years in the news, I gained a lot of experience, I was always concerned about people and I wrote with integrity,” said Ramin Fallah, a journalist active in media and the press.

 

Interview with Ramin Fallah

 

According to Roshan News, and with our warm regards to all journalists on journalism day, I’d like to invite you to an interesting interview with one of the most active journalists in the country, Mr. Ramin Fallah, the leading figure in the press.

 

Greetings. Please briefly introduce yourself and tell us when and where you started your journalism career and where you are currently working.

Ramin Fallah: I’m Ramin Fallah, a 48-year-old bachelor’s degree holder in journalism, with over a decade of experience in various newspapers. I started journalism in Rashtkhar and served as a journalist in that city. With the trust of provincial press managers, I became the producer and author of the “Talangor” column in the Ashti newspaper five years ago. Thank goodness this column soon attracted the readers and officials in the province and became one of the most widely read articles in the newspaper.

 

After five years with the decision of the editor-in-chief, another colleague took over Talangor, and I am currently seeking to design a new column, which will be published in Ashti starting Mehr.

 

What factors have led your life to journalism and people’s concerns?

Ramin Fallah: Working for a newspaper was an incident in my life, but I loved it since childhood. My father always told me that I would be a qualified journalist someday.

 

Which field do you use the most for publication and analysis of news?

Ramin Fallah: The social one. Since I was a child, I felt the social field was where I could express myself.

 

What is the secret to a journalist’s success?

Ramin Fallah:  If you ask me, honesty in work and working towards people’s benefit is the key to a journalist’s success. My dad used to tell me every time that I had to write to people’s benefit and be honest.

 

Which one of your reports or stories do you like most? Or what has been the bitterest and sweetest report or news you’ve ever worked on?

Ramin Fallah: Thank god I don’t recall anything the bitter. The sweetest news was the return of $ 2 billion credit of Article 180 to the city. The other one would be my report and my special report on social damages of the city that led the members of the Social Committee to the city of Rashtkhaar and gave it good cultural credentials at that time.

 

To what extent has others pressure affected your performance?

Ramin Fallah: Fortunately, our officials have a high level of political and media understanding, and if we sometimes criticize a subject, there is an understanding that our criticism was in favor of reform, but in journalism there is pressure. Fortunately during this time, the pressure (if any) has been tolerated by the senior executives, and has rarely reached me. The US and Israel are be blamed for the high cost of living.

 

How do people and the authorities deal with you and what do you expect from them?

Ramin Fallah: People’s and the authorities’ reaction towards me has always been friendly. My dad always told me to be kind so that people would be kind to me too. My father was one of the kindest people in the world. The only downside was that he sometimes gave me slaps on the neck in a way that I forgot most of my childhood memories due to it.

 

How satisfied are you with yourself in journalism?

Ramin Fallah: Well, in these ten years in newspaper, I had a lot of experience and I was always concerned about people and  wrote with integrity, thinking that God must definitely have had been kind to me to have let me be the people’s voices. And I have done all I can to do my best and the one who should be pleased with me is God Almighty and the people I serve. The only discomfort I have in life is the slaps on the neck my dad gave me and Ithey still hurt.

 

If you were to go back again to a young age, would you still like to be a journalist?

Ramin Fallah: One hundred percent.

 

What’s the best report you have ever worked on and loved?

Ramin Fallah: Report on Ramadan’s customs and traditions

Who do you owe in life?

Ramin Fallah: My family and someone who supported me whom I can’t name. And of course, as I said, my dear father with his slaps of the neck at the right time. May he rest in peace. I owe all my success to the neck slaps.

 

When is a journalist satisfied with his life?

Ramin Fallah: When a report or news comes out and becomes effective. Also, I was awarded as the top journalist in the province for five years. I hope my father’s spirit is pleased with this success.

 

The last word?

Ramin Fallah: My last word is that I dedicated myself for a decade to be the voice of the people, and when it comes to solving problems, I believe whatever you give, you get. The first time my father taught me this poem, he gave me a slap on my neck and said, “Ramin, I slapped your neck so that you never forget this poem.” That’s why this poem is so beautifully engraved in my mind and I read it wherever I go.

 

Thank you for participating in this interview and may your father rest in peace.

How I Did Become a Journalist? – Part 2

In the previous post, I explained about how I became interested in journalism. I also told that I always thought it was easy for me to become a journalist because I was good at writing.

At the time I decided to attend the journalism training courses, I did not have much income. It was not easy for me to pay the fee and I did not want to put pressure on my family to provide the required money. I once reviewed my bank account and emptied it immediately. Then I asked my mother to pre-send me the next-month birthday present of mine as cash, so that I could enroll in the course. As I paid the fee, I was happy on one hand and I saw a new gate into journalism, and on the other hand, I heard some voices in my mind telling: “You’re going to fail, again”.

Three weeks later, I became the student of a famous journalist’s class. Since the first week, I was eager and voracious to read the news. I read every news in every fields and checked for details so that I could talk about them in the next session of class. I found out that appropriate speech could turn me into a clever student in the eyes of my teacher. I investigated every aspects of news and I used to look for the most influential news every night.

The time for writing started. I am good at writing and this ability of mine results from reading. Apparently, I passed that stage with more confidence and comfort but in reality, I had an obsession for reaching the best level in every fields. I used to spent an hour to write a paragraph, and I wrote, erased and re-wrote everything for several times.

“I want to be a journalist”. This sentence was a motive force for me to do anything in that several-week training course to reach my goal. I was ready to sacrifice a part of my life time in order to be a clever student in the teacher’s eyes and be selected by him to work in his newspaper as an apprentice. At the fifth session, I put my shyness aside and asked him a question: “After we learn all these lessons, where shall we look for a job?”. He touched his face and replied: “My newspaper. You can start your job from here. I’ll meet you at the newspaper office within the first days of the next week….”.

 

How I Did Become a Journalist? – Part 1

“A crying little child, inside the TV frame, running after an ambulance that were carrying the corpse of his Bosnian mother”.

I do not know how old I was when I saw that scene. It was probably one of the first scenes recorded in my memory but now I still can narrate it in detail. I think that my interest in news and thoughts sparked for the first time at the very day.

I was really confused at the time I decided to start my career as a journalist. I did not access to a credible source that could guide me how to enter the market, and also, I did not have any journalist friend whom I asked for help and learn the lessons. I just knew one thing: “I want to write”.

In 2011 (1390), I still was studying in university. I was curious about the news; I had a relatively rich vocabulary lexicon; and I had some information about the world’s situation. I thought that these were enough for me to become a journalist. Finally, I embarked upon my job and wrote a 800-word text about the women’s condition in Afghanistan for a newspaper. With the help of a go-between person, I could send my text to the newspaper’s international service secretary.

When the first text of mine was published in a newspaper, I bought three copies of that newspaper and obsessively read the text for many times. I put the papers under the carpet in order to prevent them from being folded and I thought: “You made it! Now, the world of journalism is waiting for you!”. When I was 22, I really assumed that : “if one content of mine is published in a relatively good-seller newspaper, then I can turn into a real journalist and the world yearns to see me shining!”.

However, until four years after that day I could not become a real journalist. I sometimes wrote different contents and texts for various publications and I received no money for them. In some cases, I published news in not-so-important websites to earn a certain revenue. Though a little bit late, I found the answer of this conundrum when I reached 26.

The answer was as follows:

I needed a fundamental training to become a real journalist. As the first step, I went to Enghelab street. There were no many books about journalism in book-stores. However, I could not even afford all those few books. I leaped in the dark and bought some books that I thought were appropriate for a beginner journalist who wanted to learn the basic principles of journalism and correspondence. At that time, many were speaking about the training courses that were held by Ministry of Guidance for the journalists. However, a requirement for attending those classes was continuous job experience that I lacked. After one month or more, I read all of the books I bought and learned something about how to be a journalist. One day, I encountered an advertisement in the Instagram page of a celebrity-designer. One of my favorite journalists hold a training course to teach journalism in eight session. The course was too expensive for me to afford but it was the only path to my wish …

An interview with Ramin Fallah about situation of Sabzevar in terms of media

How is the situation of Sabzevar in terms of media and news works in comparison with other cities?

Ramin Fallah: Sabzevar in a better working situation relative to other cities. It has several news and analytic websites working every day, and also, public relations sections of organizations are busy with expanded news-relating activities. These are the signs of media development in Sabzevar. However, there are some weaknesses in terms of paper-based publication. The local publications that are now published lack good quality. Therefore, in my opinion, cultural and political authorities of the city should provide more support for local publications.

Currently, there are several certified publications in Sabzevar that have not reached success in publishing their news due to lack of sufficient support.

Neda-ye Kavir, Khorshid-e Kavir, Farhang-e Sabzevar and Sarbedaran are among those certified publications in Sabzevar and if they have access to appropriate supports, their activities will be more extended and influential.

Moreover, another problem there exists in journalism and media works, not only in Sabzervar, but also in all cities of the country; and the problem is that the male forces do not welcome this profession. News works require that more men become involved with them because women are not able to compile reports from every situations and events. The hard and harsh conditions of journalism require men and women work together.

You said something about the certification of Neda-ye Kavir publication. Would you, as a co-founder and authority of “Neda-ye Kavir”, introduce this press for us. When will it publish its contents?

Ramin Fallah: Neda-ye Kavir is a local press and according to the primary contracts, we want to publish it in Razavi Khorasan. I am the editor of this press and my son-in-law, Mr. Ruhollah Mehri, will be appointed to Responsible Management position. He is an experienced and known journalist. Although we are interested in publishing the press as soon as possible, the costs of publishing a new press is really high due to high expense of papers. Therefore, it would not be possible to continually publish the magazine.

Moreover, since our purpose in to continually publish “Neda-ye Kavir” and not to prevent its publishing due to financial problems, we are now waiting for an appropriate condition to start our work. Hopefully, we are going to begin our job with a strong team and firm financial support.

It has been heard that you have decided to establish a new journalism- and media-relating firm in Sabzevar, after you leave the position of head of directors board of Authors Guild Association. Would you please provide more explanation in this issue?

Ramin Fallah: I am about to establish Task-mastering Association for Directors of News Publications and Websites in Sabzevar and the surrounding regions; and my purpose is to address the journalists’ and media affairs. In case of establishing the association, journalists and news media directors can voluntarily register their names. I mean there will be no obligation for membership.

What are the general policies of the government regarding journalists? Do the government sufficiently support and care for this group?

Ramin Fallah: Yes. In recent years, the government has provided acceptable care and appropriate support for the journalists. For example, establishment of Saman system, introduction and identification of the journalists, providing appropriate loans for the journalists, presents and awards from President to the journalists for the day of journalism, providing insurance service, establishing the Comprehensive Plan of Journalism in order to rank the working forces, etc. are some of the government’s positive measures in the recent years. All these services and facilities have more improved the journalists’ condition relative to the past.

What recommendation do you, as an experienced journalist, have for the youth who want to approach this profession?

Ramin Fallah: I am not that much qualified to provide a recommendation for others. Anyway, in case I want to transfer my experience to the young generation, I should tell that professional skills and education in journalism must be taken seriously.

Those who lack knowledge and education backing will waste their talents despite being interested and diligent. They will not be successful and influential without sufficient technique and expertise. In my opinion, a journalist should not only educate in journalism but he/ she should obtain knowledge and experience in other fields and expand his/ her information and skills. Then, he/ she will be more successful in journalism. I want the senior authorities and also, the Guild of Journalists and Organization of  Culture and Islamic Guidance of our city to pay more attention to journalists’ affairs and to help them, through holding educational courses, in improvement.

An interview with Ramin Fallah about sweet and bitter memory of working

Have you got any sweet or bitter memory from the years you were working?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, every moment of this work is considered memory and experience. I have a memory that was so bitter and harsh at first and later on, it turned into a sweet experience. The memory relates to a challenging interview the consequence of which made to be more cautious about journalism. At the very beginning years of my work as a journalist, I had an interview with the director of an organization about a special issues. However, after the interview, the director felt that some of the words he uttered in the interview might hurt him; and he unbelievably decided to deny what he had said. Therefore, I was accused of a heavy crime that might lead to my imprisonment or dismissal. After a year of following up and consistency, I could reach exoneration and continue my activity in journalism.

What an interesting and sweet memory …?

Ramin Fallah: I have another memory that relates to when my young sister died in 30 due to heart disease. At the night her death, I felt great sorrow in my heart and I was so busy with preparing her funeral event. While doing the works related to her funeral, I was also working on a news and report about a village. I did not let my family and psychological problems influence my job.

Do you have any memory from the Revolution time?

Ramin Fallah: Another memory of my youth era relates to the time of Revolution struggles. Then, I was not yet working as a journalist and I worked in a motor-cycle mechanic service center. Although I was not then an official journalist, I spread Imam Khomeini’s statements and news among Revolutionist people of Mehr and other cities and villages. I used to hide the letters and statements inside the bodies of motorcycles I repaired in order to not to be detected by the regime’s officers. Then, I could easily travel anywhere. However, I was always afraid of being detected unexpectedly and getting caught. A characteristic of Islamic Revolution of Iran was that it convinced everybody to help in its advancement even if his/her financial or life safety was in danger. I should also note that we, in addition to spreading the political and religious statements among people, traveled from our village to Sabzevar with truck, motorcycle or mini-bus in order to attend the demonstrations held in Sabzevar.

Do you read Asrarname online magazine? What is your idea about that publication?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, I do. Asrarname is known as an analytic medium in the west of Razavi Khorasan. During its relatively short-time work, it has attracted a significant number of audiences and it, also, has turned into an influential publication in the media space of that region. However, the magazine suffers from some weak points that are similar to those of some other Sabzevar news websites. Among the disadvantages are the medium directors being unknown, lack of clarity in the goals and lack of continuity in activities. These weak points lead into a delay in attraction of audiences’ trust and failure in making an appropriate connection with them.

Since Asrarname is an analytical medium, it has better to consider more knowledgeable and expert individuals’ ideas and comments in its posts so that it can increase acceptability and comprehensiveness of the contents.

Moreover, since news contents and analytical posts have their own exclusive audiences, Asrarname has better to simultaneously publish news and analysis-based contents so that it can increase the number of audiences.

Finally and generally, I should state that Asrarname is a publication that works on cultural issues, without any bias, in the west part of Razavi Khorasan, and it freely publishes the audiences’ comments. Therefore, we have used some contents of Asrarname in “Sabzevar Payam” website. Asrarname will reach a higher position and credit in the eyes of its audiences if it resolves the before-mentioned weak points.

What is your idea about the whole atmosphere of the publications? Is the future promising?

Ramin Fallah: There are several important responsibilities in journalism and media-related works. If the authorities fulfill their duties, it is as if they are automatically in the path to serve the country. For example, just like schools and universities, the media are responsible for providing cultural, social and political trainings in the society. The media should also act like a bridge between people and authorities, and they should represent the public’s ideas. The other necessity for media is avoidance from negativism. If a publication follows negativism, it promotes negative ideas among its audiences; and that is really dangerous and destructive.

What would be your final words to the audiences of this interview?

Ramin Fallah: I ask all cultural authorities in the west part of Razavi Khorasan to provide more support for healthy and influential media of the region and consider more valuable the media-related activities. If group-based media activities are performed in a health way, they will be very influential in social advancement and development.

An Interview with A Pioneer Correspondent and Journalist, Ramin Fallah

This time, we have decided to have an interview with a pioneer in news and journalism. This influencing and pioneer figure of media is Ramin Fallah who have been contributing with different national and local media to distribute news and reports.

It should be noted that when Ramin Fallah hears that we call him pioneer, he corrects our sentence and says: “Other figures such as Sanayi far, Mohtashami, Tayyeb, Tabase, etc. had come in news area long time before him, and actually, they are considered the real pioneers of news-writing”. However, we believe that Ramin Fallah has been active and experienced enough to be known as a pioneer in journalism and reportage profession.

Interview of “Asrar Name” online magazine with Ramin Fallah contains attractive and interesting discussions about the working procedures and memories of this pioneer journalist. It will be published in the website within some hours later.

Brief Introduction:

Ramin Fallah, news expert and political and social analyst, is a member of International Journalists Federation and the head of IRNA news agency. Moreover, he is the former head of the board of directors in Writers and Journalists Guild and the chief directors of “Maral Payam” website, one of the most-visited analytic news agencies. Ramin Fallah was born in 1957, in Mehr (Sabzevar).

Ramin Fallah’s father was the owner of a restaurant located in Mashhad-Tehran road; so, he used to live in an open space and experience exposure to different people and various cultures. Therefore, he could get to know different issues and problems of the day and reach a dynamic and social behavior.

Ramin Fallah has been being interested in cultural activities since his childhood. He studied the newspapers and asked the travelers in his father’s restaurant for new information. This type of interest in society and culture led him to be a founder and member of board of directors in an Art and Culture Institute in his own town.

In addition to cultural activities, Ramin Fallah was also interested in technical issues during his teenage period. Therefore, he followed mechanical art and reached great successes. He was specially skillful in repairing motor-cycles and he worked as a mechanic expert is “Mehr” town for a while.

Later on, according to his father’s request, he continued to work in the restaurant and provide services to the Mashhad-Tehran travelers and the pilgrims of Imam Reza Holy Shrine. So, he received his diploma grade and started to study Hospitality under the supervision of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran. He could receive the certificate of Reception and Accommodation Management. Although he never forgot about cultural activities in “Mehr” town, he selected “Restaurant Management” as his main job. He reached great successes in restaurant management and he was selected as a representative of mid-way restaurants guild in Sabzevar and vice-president of Restaurant Managers Association. However, it was not the job that could satisfy his culture-dependent and culture-promoting spirit. So, while he reached an appropriate and secure employment position, he gradually left aside all those opportunities to work on the profession he passionately loved.

Therefore, he attended more in the culture-art association of “Mehr” town and the association was changed into a dynamic and active center of cultural affairs. Later on, when Ramin Fallah started to work as a journalist, he continued, for several years, to send the news of Sabzevar from that association to the publications he was working with.

He progressed forward gradually in media affairs, combined his interest and diligence and experience and did not forget the importance of education. He attended the educational courses in News School to become an expert in journalism. Moreover, he received the certificate of short-term and compressed courses of Professional Journalism. Combining interest, experience and expert, he turned into a famous and experienced journalist in Khorasan.

Some years later, Ramin Fallah established IRNA News Agency in Sabzevar with the help of Imam of Friday Prayer of the town, the proconsul, etc. and he is considered as one of the founders of that center.

With 20 years of experience in news-related works and several successes in this field, Ramin Fallah is the manager of IRNA news agency office in Sabzevar and moreover, he still works with Khorasan Newspaper. He and his son-in-law, Ruhollah Mehri (who is a famous journalist), have recently established a local publication called “Nedaye Kavir”. This magazine is going to be published in Khorasan Razavi and Ramin Fallah is the editor.

Amongst the most important successes of Ramin Fallah in his media activities we can point to his appointment to the top journalist of Iran (while working with Resalat newspaper) and his election as the top journalist (in terms of quality and quantity of news) of his own city for several years (while working with Khorasan newspaper).

Ramin Fallah is interested in education and knowledge and he thinks that comprehensive knowledge is a necessity in journalism. He is now studying Judicial Laws in one of the universities of Sabzevar.

Ramin Fallah has several children (son and daughter) all of whom are studying in higher education levels and working in socially-useful jobs. Some of his family members, including his daughter and son-in-law, have chosen media to work in.

In the next section, you may read the expanded version of “Asrar Name” magazine journalist’s interview with Ramin Fallah.

An Interview with Ramin Fallah

Dear Ramin Fallah , Please accept our greeting and respect. Please introduce yourself in brief and tell us about when and where you started journalism profession.

Ramin Fallah: I am Ramin Fallah and I was born in Mehr town (in Davarzan- Sabzevar) in a villager family. Since I was a child, I had helped my father in managing his restaurant, and I was also interested in cultural and social activities. When I turned into a young man, I started to work as a journalist in Mehr town and Davarzan district and I collaborated with some local publications. In 1993, I was formally employed as a journalist in Khorasan Newspaper and then, I could work with other publications in the whole city and country. I am still professionally working in Sabzervar publications.

Was your interest in journalism the only motivation and reason to select this job? Or did other reasons and objectives exist?

Ramin Fallah: Surely, interest in an important motivation to enter a profession and reach successes in it. However, serving the Islamic Revolution and the government through the path of media activities was my main target which I could reach by working in publications.

Your main reason to enter the profession of journalism is serving Islamic Republic of Iran. How can a journalist meet this important responsibility?

Ramin Fallah: In the profession of journalism and media works, several important responsibilities are assigned to the journalist. If the media experts can satisfy these responsibilities, they automatically serve the country. For instance, in my opinion, the media act like schools and universities and they have different social and cultural responsibilities. Moreover, the media should make a bridge between people and authorities, and they should represent the publics’ thoughts. Another necessity in media works is avoidance from negativism because if a medium promotes negativism, that negative energy will expand between the audiences. It would be really dangerous and destroying.

The journalists also have the same responsibilities. I mean if a medium acts as a school or a university, the journalist should be the teacher. Journalists have to scrutinize problems of the society and also, avoid negativism and reproach. In other words, a journalist should not exclusively work on criticism but he/she should try to promote hope and happiness in the society. Moreover, the journalists should provide appropriate practical solutions of the social problems. Generally speaking, journalists are the pulses of our regime.

The great figures of our country, including the Supreme Leader of Revolution, have frequently pointed to this important responsibility of media and journalists.

A committed media and journalist would attack the society problems with expertise, faith and brevity. Moreover, the journalist should unify the society members to cope with that problem. When the society is influenced by mental inflammation and insecurity, the journalist should invite people to hope and calmness.

Therefore, a virtuous and righteous journalist can serve the holy Islamic Republic of Iran with his right and logical deeds.

You are now known as one of the most successful journalists of Sabzevar and a pioneer in cultural area. What was your key to success?

Ramin Fallah: My key to success in news and cultural areas are: 1. Motivation and interest; 2. Education; and 3. Experience.

I consider journalism as a kind of pray and I believe that a journalist has better to start his/ her work with Wudu and intent to pray because informing the society is a sacred and serious duty.

Are people and authorities of Sabzevar aware of the nature, features and importance of journalism?

Ramin Fallah: Although great progressions in this term are achieved through the recent years, people and authorities are not completely aware of the importance and values of journalism profession. However, some of the authorities (like Imam of Friday pray, proconsul of the town, head of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and some other organizations) do practically care for the journalists.

You said that people and authorities are not completely aware of the importance and values of journalism profession despite of some organizations’ care and attention. Would you please explain more about this claim?

Ramin Fallah: I mean some do not accept media works and they do not believe that media experts should present both positive and negative aspects of the society. However, in my opinion, media should prominently reflect people’s words, suggestions and complaints. Each authority has his/ her own lectern to announce their words and comments and to explain about their performance but people do not have any tribune and they expect the media to collaborate with them. In this situation, the authorities should not feel offended by the media reflecting people’s complaints, and they should accept that this is a main feature of a healthy media.

Ramin Fallah talks about passion of writing for the young journalists – Part 2

A journalist’s life and profession are inseparable and an professional journalist cannot limit his/ her responsibilities to the working hours of a day. When a journalist faces an event, he/ she does not say: “I am tired right now” or “It is not my working hour”. However, there are many journalists of this kind and the history will prove that depth and influence of non-committed behaviors are transient and fugacious.

You have read the first part of our interview with Ramin Fallah. Here is the rest of our conversation:

“I am not a type of person who puts constraints on himself and his soul, and works behind an official table in an organization… I cannot do these things. I may be not much financially rich but I am sure that my soul is free, I control it, I do what I desire, I use my soul and mind and I spent my time in the way I like. I might not reach what is considered valuable by the others. In my opinion, expensive car and big house are not values and they do not satisfy me. When I do not write about people’s problems and considerations, my conscience will be uneasy.”, he added.

Ramin Fallah said: “People like me have special goals and I think that I was born because of a determined mission in line with which I should move forward. I do not care about parties and entertainments and night-time sleep does not matter to me. Some nights, I, like crazy people, wake up for three times, read daily news of the world, write my impressions and then, sleep, again!”.

Fallah uttered: “Is it really necessary? Is not it ridiculous? This is the key to all of my successes. For example, if a happening occurs in Syria, I will follow it and write about it even if I am not a political king of person. I mean, as long as a special evolution is going on somewhere or a certain region is in siege, I cannot sleep with peace and ease”.

After a short pause, he continued: “I believe that a journalist’s life and profession are inseparable and an professional journalist cannot limit his/ her responsibilities to the working hours of a day. When a journalist faces an event, he/ she does not say: “I am tired right now” or “It is not my working hour”. However, there are many journalists of this kind and the history will prove that depth and influence of non-committed behaviors are transient and fugacious”.

“Assume that an employee works for a constant amount of revenue in a news agency. He wears his/ her clothes at 4:00, and with his/ her child, he goes to a swimming pool with free tickets. He does not care about the regions in chaos. He is phone-called and asked to provide a report or compile some news. He said that he is in shift. Are we not in shift? We have been being in shift for 20 years. We have left our sleep and food aside to reach our goals”, he said.

Ramin Fallah: Prophecy of Journalist Is More Sublime than That of Teacher!

Up to here, the audience are completely attracted to Ramin Fallah’s words and they do not even blink. He continued: “Prophecy of a journalist is more sublime than that of a teacher. That is because a teacher teaches something to a class with 20 or 30 members while a journalist is the teacher of 30 million people. When news are broadcasted, it either guides or misguides 30 million people. For example, a false and untrue news is spread and causes a fight between two tribes; and consequently, 30.000 people die. Who is responsible for this happening? A journalist who lacks faith or is controlled by a certain company”.

Ramin Fallah: Iranian journalist is not take seriously. The executive authorities do not still perceive the media importance.

Ramin Fallah’s thoughts, again, found a way out and he started to express his concerns: “These are important things. many may blame me but I found working with love, doing the best and avoiding arrogance to be the keys to success and progression. I should say that journalism is an art. About 50% of what a journalist does is hidden to people and society as long as he/ she lives; after a while, people will start researching and find out what important things a certain journalism has done, to what places he/ she has gone and what he/ she has written. I believe that when a journalist’s pen moves, it can change everything; and it can make a great conversion in people and society”.

“Do not consider these issues unimportant. However, some people have done so. In my opinion, it was one of the reasons of our failure in soft war. We did not have creative writings; and there were no authors who comprehensively follow the events. Practically, some results are obtained that are neither attractive to our people nor applicable in confrontations”.

Ramin Fallah, with an interesting tone, finished his speech as follows:

“I always seek people who I believe are knowledgeable. I have not been arrogant and God knows that I, as a post-graduated journalist with about 5000 or 6000 texts published in our country publications (I can claim that no one other than me has published this amount of texts), still seek to find a new style in writing and discover novel things”.

Ramin Fallah talks about passion of writing for the young journalists – Part 1

Ramin Fallah talks about passion of writing for the young journalists.

A journalist’s life and profession are inseparable and an professional journalist cannot limit his/ her responsibilities to the working hours of a day. When a journalist faces an event, he/ she does not say: “I am tired right now” or “It is not my working hour”. However, there are many journalists of this kind and the history will prove that depth and influence of non-committed behaviors are transient and fugacious.

Ramin Fallah’s texts are among the most successful, favorable and attracting pieces of work we read in media. His analyses induce in me an interest in reading.

Ramin Fallah has been the prominent and elected journalist of different City and Country Publication festivals. In his writings, he talks about political, cultural, social and economic issues and he published many types of texts including notes, articles, reports, interview, critiques and analyses. Some greater features of Ramin Fallah are lack of dependency on different parties or biases in his texts, his reckless critiques regarding governmental systems and supporting different communities of people.

Ramin Fallah began his speech with a question: “What is the difference between a journalist and a reporter?”. After some discussions and brainstorming, Ramin Fallah went to the whiteboard and wrote on it the features of a good journalist: Accurate, Intelligent, Brave, Eager to Study, Able to interpret, Eager to ask questions, Resistant, Perseverant, Able to fast-write, Able to Listen, Good communicator, Independent in thinking, Critical, Fair, Just, Philanthropic, Committed to ethics, brief-writer, etc.

Ramin Fallah talks about the expanded space of journalism and its link to dozens of sciences. He thinks that the more a journalist knows these sciences, the more likely she/ he is to reach success. I did not know that Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and other sciences are in close connection to journalist and how expanded and sensitive is this area.

Then, Ramin Fallah talked about the brand new and creative styles of writing in popular media in the world and he showed some notes of his as examples. He wrote a headline to an article that won the first-grade reward of publication headlines, some years ago. The title is: “Zayanderud Has No Water; Dad, Give Us Bread!”. The headline communicated the pain and misery of Isfahan people to the other parts of our country.

I have recognized how close my interests are to this field. Ramin Fallah read for us a report of his about hijab. The report surprised me. I thought how a repetitious and less-attractive topic is written in a language that amuses people like a story. That report was known by news-agencies as a top-ranked piece of information. The report was titled as follows:

“Virus of Immodesty Cannot Defeat Isfahan People”

 

 I, previously, had an inflexible and tough attitude towards News field and I thought that the presenters read the news texts just like a spiritless parrot. However, Ramin Fallah’s report started from walking in a street and then, it was stuffed by some confabulations. Next, the very introduction steered us into the main topic. Indeed, he wrote that report based on the style of Wall-Street Journal.

Finally, this peculiar journalist responded to the attendees’ request by talking about his personal experiences. Ramin Fallah, said, with an emotional and sad tone:

“Our big writers were not born in rich families; the felt pain and experienced misery. Hard and tough life is a prerequisite for becoming a good journalist and reporter. Most of the journalists have experienced some pains. If someone has not experienced any pain or seen an adversity in the society, he/ she do not come forward to move his pen because the writers do not have satisfying salaries and cultural issues are always ignored in our country”.

“A journalist must be acquainted with pain. I started from myself. I was born in Isfahan but due to my father’s job, we moved to a village. Therefore, I spent my childhood with the poor and farmers. My childhood in village brought me great feelings. I was a city-boy who was let in farms and plains; and that’s why I gave a free spirit. I always was interested in spending time within farms and gardens. These situations prevented my soul from being stuck in home walls. Now, after 30 years, I still dream about that village and its freedom and sincerity”, he added.

Ramin Fallah stated: “I had a great teacher in my primary school but I have not heard about him since long time before. God bless him and if he is still alive, I wish him a long life. Mr. Qaffari discovered my ability in writing. I cared about my writing skill. Since then, I asked everyone about how to write a good text. I followed my interest. I read many books. Thirty years ago, we had to borrow books from libraries. It was hard to find good books and unlike today, the books were not abundant. I studies a lot and ask so many questions from my essay teachers. I wrote essays and asked them to correct and criticize them in written form. Then, I read all of those critiques and opinions, one by one”.

He passionately added: “I always was searching for people who knew a lot. I have never became arrogant. I have a post-graduate degree and have published about 5000- 6000 texts in national publications (I can claim that no other co-generations of me in media has this much text published or released). However, I still look for a new style for writing; I try to discover novel things”.

“When facing someone wise or reading their life stories, I conclude that I am completely naught; even lower than that! I wish I had two brains and four hands to write”, he added.

Ramin Fallah continued his words with a peculiar tone: “The key to success in love and interest. I am in love with my career. I have been offered the greatest jobs, the best management positions, the highest posts in public relations departments of important companies. However, I did not accept those offers. I ignored all those money and positions. I have always been in love with writing, criticizing and opposing to injustices. I could not become an employee of a CEO!”.

Ramin Fallah’s Biography

Ramin Fallah was born in Pahlvai Street (called Vali-Asr Street, today) of Tehran, in April 3, 1936. His father was a military force member who was dispatched to Tehran due to a business mission. Ramin Fallah’s father, Mohammad Reza Fallah, was born in Zahedan in 1906 and he joined the military force at the early years of youth. He met Ramin’s mother during one of his missions and they got married. They have five children, namely, Ramin, Vida, Tannaz, Rosa and Dena. Ramin was the older child of the family.

Early Years of His Education

Ramin passed the early years of his education in Tehran and he studied in “Edalat” School until the 6th grade. Then, he had to move to Isfahan because of his father’s mission. They stayed in Isfahan for two years. He stated that those years were the worst parts of his life. Ramin Fallah was very interested in poems but he was studying in a school where the teachers not only did not encourage him to set about poetry, but also wanted him to learn fundamental lessons, such as mathematics, instead of poetry which they believe was useless for his future.

After those two years being the bits of a mare to Ramin Fallah, he and his family moved back to Tehran and he could study up to diploma grade in that city. He was being taught in “Okhovat” high school in Tehran. After high school, he was admitted in university to study Persian Language and Literature.

Years of University

Ramin’s interest in poetry and literature was obvious from the very first days of school but his unique talent in composing poetry emerged during the university period. In university, he attended different poetry meetings and made others surprised by his speech skills and poems. All the faculties and professors of the university knew that they would hear more about him in future.

Ramin Fallah was graduated from university in 1959. Unlike his expectation and despite he always avoided being hired in official organizations and employee lifestyle, he was employed in Ministry of Treasury and he worked there for 30 years.

Following His Interests

During those years, Fallah was not negligent about poetry and literature and he always surprised others around by his poems. Coincidently, he could published his book, “Sar Mashgh” (Example), that included a collection of his poems about his two-year life in Isfahan. Moreover, while he was working in Ministry of Treasury, he published another collection of his poems, called “Shorooe Dobare” (Begin Again); and the book was republished for several times. The most important book of him was “Didar” (Meeting) that was published during the last years of his work and it received great attention and comments from literature communities of the time.

Some people believe Ramin Fallah to be the best unknown Persian poet. All of his poems are based on social themes. Although Ramin Fallah has talked about romantic and love-centered issues in some of his poems, he has adopted a critically social perspective in those poems.

Ramin’s mother passed away when he was 28; and the next year, his father also died due to heart attack. Occurring within a short while, these two events deeply influenced him so that he did not compose any poem up to two years after his father’s death.

After his parents’ death and overcoming depression, Fallah started private tutoring of Literature in addition to working in the Ministry and he held private classes for students interested in Literature. Those classes could attract attentions and many volunteers and enthusiasts registered to learn from them.

During those years, Ramin Fallah was receiving several cooperation suggestions from different presses and journals.

Becoming a Journalist…

He, gradually, started to work with newspapers and journals. He was assigned as a journalist and writer in different journals and also, his poems were published in newspapers. Between 1962 and 1975, he was the supervisor of the page of Poems and Literature in “Roshangar” journal.

This page was dedicated to all literary and cultural issues including book, film, theater, painting and poem review. A great number of contemporary famous poets were introduced to the public, for the first time, through publishing their poems in this page.

In the next years, also, Fallah was responsible for managing and editing Poems and Literature page in “Aref” journal.

It can be claimed that Ramin Fallah started poem composing since his childhood but the first poems of him were published when he was 30.

As he stated, his favorite poems were the ones from Hafez. Although Ramin’s poems are far different from those of Hafez, he has tried to follow him in terms of poem meter. This is clearly recognized when reading his poems.

Fallah was really interested in Iranian music. Due to this interest, he was serving as a member of Music Council of Radio, for a while. He played an important role in linking poems to music. Many music tracks in radio were combined with his poems and they appeared more beautiful and pleasant.

Fallah could professionally understand different types of music and when listening, he could categorize them into the correct Gushe and Radif groups. As a poet, his interest and knowledge about music surprised everyone. It was claimed that he, successfully, could recognize and identify the most prominent Iranian music pieces.

Ramin Fallah traveled to England in 2001 and his poetry meetings were welcomed and appreciated in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Manchester by those who were interested in Iran. Then, he became more famous and known. The next year, he traveled to 24 states of America and attended in different poetry meetings in all those states. His poems were highly appreciated in Berkeley and New Jersey Universities.

Ramin Fallah’s Personal Life

Ramin Fallah married Mr. Afsar Nowruzi, in 1965. They have two children: Mandana and Lale.

Marital life of Ramin Fallah did not face severe ups and downs. He met his wife when working on a press project. Their relationship was broken up when the project was over and they did not met each other within two years after the project termination date. After two years, they accidentally met each other, again, in a common project and they worked on it together. At that time, Ramin Fallah decided to marry Mr. Afsar Nowruzi.

Ms. Nowruzi was working in different journals and pressure, during those days; and she had a fluent and eloquent style in writing.

Ramin’s marriage to Ms. Nowruzi influenced his professional life, too. As poets and literature fans state, all of his poems became more rich and wealthy after his marriage and more intense poetic temper emerged in his words. Surprisingly, Ms. Nowruzi’s writings were alleged to lean towards romantic themes within those years.

Ramin Fallah was suffering from chronic lung infection for several years and excessive smoking was making everything even worse. At the morning of May 9, 2007, he died due to this disease.