पत्रकारिता (मीडिया) का प्रभाव समाज पर लगातार बढ़ रहा है। इसके बावजूद यह पेशा अब संकटों से घिरकर लगातार असुरक्षित हो गया है। मीडिया की चमक दमक से मुग्ध होकर लड़के लड़कियों की फौज इसमें आने के लिए आतुर है। बिना किसी तैयारी के ज्यादातर नवांकुर पत्रकार अपने आर्थिक भविष्य का मूल्याकंन नहीं कर पाते। पत्रकार दोस्तों को मेरा ब्लॉग एक मार्गदर्शक या गाईड की तरह सही रास्ता बता और दिखा सके। ब्लॉग को लेकर मेरी यही धारणा और कोशिश है कि तमाम पत्रकार मित्रों और नवांकुरों को यह ब्लॉग काम का अपना सा उपयोगी लगे।
For centuries, civilisations have used print media to spread news and information to the masses. The Roman Acta Diurna,
appearing around 59 B.C, is the earliest recorded “newspaper”. Julius
Caesar, wanting to inform the public about important social and
political happenings, ordered upcoming events posted in major cities.
Written on large white boards and displayed in popular places like the
Baths, the Acta kept citizens informed about
government scandals, military campaigns, trials and executions. In 8th
century China, the first newspapers appeared as hand-written newsheets
The printing press, invented by Johann Gutenberg in 1447, ushered in the
era of the modern newspaper. Gutenberg’s machine enabled the free
exchange of ideas and the spread of knowledge -- themes that would
define Renaissance Europe. During this era, newsletters supplied a
growing merchant class with news relevant to trade and commerce.
Manuscript newssheets were being circulated in German cities by the late
15th century. These pamphlets were often highly sensationalized; one
reported on the abuse that Germans in Transylvania were suffering at the
hands of Vlad TsepesDrakul, also known as Count Dracula. In 1556 the
Venetian government published Notizie scritte, for which readers paid a small coin, or “gazetta”.
the first half of the 17th century, newspapers began to appear as
regular and frequent publications. The first modern newspapers were
products of western European countries like Germany (publishing Relation in 1605), France (Gazette in 1631), Belgium (Nieuwe Tijdingen in 1616) and England (the London Gazette,
founded in 1665, is still published as a court journal). These
periodicals consisted mainly of news items from Europe, and occasionally
included information from America or Asia. They rarely covered
domestic issues; instead English papers reported on French military
blunders while French papers covered the latest British royal scandal.
Beheading of Charles I
Newspaper content began to shift toward more local issues in the latter
half of the 17th century. Still, censorship was widespread and
newspapers were rarely permitted to discuss events that might incite
citizens to opposition. Newspaper headlines did announce the beheading
of Charles I at the end of the English Civil War, although Oliver
Cromwell tried to suppress all newsbooks on the eve of the execution. In
1766, Sweden was the first country to pass a law protecting press
invention of the telegraph in 1844 transformed print media. Now
information could be transferred within a matter of minutes, allowing
for more timely, relevant reporting. Newspapers were appearing in
societies around the world. Japan’s first daily newspaper, Yokohama Mainichi Shimbun, appeared in 1870 (although printing from movable type was introduced in Japan in the late 16th century).
By the middle of the 19th century, newspapers were becoming the primary
means of disseminating and receiving information. Between 1890 to 1920,
the period known as the “golden age” of print media, media barons such
as William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, and Lord Northcliffe built
huge publishing empires. These men had enormous influence within the
media industry, and gained notoriety for the ways in which they wielded
Newspapers have also played a role as disseminators of revolutionary propaganda. Iskra (The Spark), published by Lenin in 1900, is one notable example. On June 21, 1925, Thanh Nien made its debut in Vietnam, introducing Marxism to the country and providing information on the revolution’s strategic policies.
Broadcast radio exploded onto the media scene in the
1920’s. Newspapers were forced to re-evaluate their role as society’s
primary information provider. Like the new media technologies of today,
the development of a low cost, alternative media source produced
rumblings that radio would topple the newspaper industry. To respond to
this new competition, editors revamped the paper’s format and content
in order to broaden their appeal, and stories were expanded to provide
more in depth coverage.
sooner had newspapers adapted to radio than they were forced to
re-evaluate themselves in light of a new and more powerful medium:
television. Between 1940 and 1990, newspaper circulation in America
dropped from one newspaper for every two adults to one for every three
adults. Despite this sharp decline, television’s omnipresence did not
render the newspaper obsolete. Some newspapers, like USA Today,
responded to the technological advancements by using color and by
utilizing the “short, quick and to the point” stories that are usually
featured on television.
The technological revolution of today is creating new
challenges and opportunities for traditional media. Never before has so
much information been so accessible to so many. By the end of the 1990s,
some 700 had web sites; today there are thousands.
The amount and immediacy of information on the Internet
is unparalleled, but it has not signalled the end of the newspaper’s
relevance. Newspapers in print remain a popular and powerful medium for
the reporting and analysis of events that shape our lives. WAN
estimates that one billion people in the world read a newspaper every
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Bethelsen, John. “Internet Hacks: Web News Cashes In”. Asia Times Online, April 2003. www.atimes.com
“Newspapers: The Continent” Columbia Encyclopedia, 6 Ed., 2003.