Nepali Journalism and people’s expectations

Girija Adhikari
December 1st, 2021

With the Nepali Journalism, what do the people expect? Have we ever thought a little bit about addressing those people’s expectations? Let’s talk about the people’s expectation that the media would have done. Journalism is reviewing about all the sectors and media has been presenting long commentary over the mistake done by the political parties while leading states. We are writing about thousands of issues like the bureaucracy don’t perform duty, the industrialist didn’t their business properly, the hotel food is not so healthy, doctors don’t visit the hospital regularly, the vehicle charged exorbitant fares, roadway is not so good and many more. There is no need to talk about the speeches made by politicians even the magazines printing those words and radio as well as TV broadcasting those speeches even don’t fall under Nepali Journalism. This columnist wants us to review our own profession for a moment and talk about what we are doing in our profession.

Today’s society is far ahead. Until 10-15 years ago, If Nepali journalist wrote and published or broadcast by a magazine or television, there were not much more public opinion against or in support of it and before the advent of social media, journalism had often taken lead in every sectors. But, time doesn’t remain same and has been changed people are reading news on social media, some right and some wrong, than reading our news or listening. Therefore, it is time for us, journalists, to be vigilant and active in our field. Even our smallest weaknesses can be a source of ridicule to the media. This is why it is time to change the course of our journalism. The current media cannot run by weaving windy stories and the news should be suffocating. If there is a damn news, it spreads quickly among the people and it is this social network that makes the news generally ‘viral’.

The interest in Nepali media is declining. Politician’s speeches are becoming our priority. Very few publications are being broadcasting about the increasing cost on edible goods, corruption, superstition, etc. Few media outlets are writing news on issues that have a direct impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. From now on, we should give priority to news related to people’s lives. Farmers did not get fertilizer because they did not have access to grants, people did not get treatment because they did not have access to doctors. People did not get food items easily and such issues should be the main news of our journalism.

Even if politician’s speech are to be written then whether they fulfilled their word or not, how many times they repeated the same words, must be our news headline. What is in the manifesto of the political parties, whether they acted according to the declaration or not, yes such news should come in our media. Writing the same thing day after day is not the same as writing news. Our media should expose all the political conflicts and activities that are taking place in Nepal and achieve public opinion against those involved in such activities. At present, general conventions of political parties are being held from ward to center. The media should ask what the source of the flamboyance of the convention is. The media should ask why the political parties are not keen on imparting skill-based training to the cadres for their livelihood. There are a lot of issues that we need to make news headline and the atmosphere of trust in the Nepali media at the grassroots level will be created only after the news regarding this issues is broadcasted. Otherwise, the people’s suspicions about the field of journalism will remain same and our journalism will also remain dim. The media sector should be expanded and expanded instead of shrinking. Our journalism must be detailed and reliable. For that, we have to review our own weaknesses and correct them. The main thing is that the issues of the people should become our hot news. Only then will public trust be gained and the future of journalism will be brighten.

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