The notion that media has found a fertile ground for growth in the post democracy era does not hold true when applied to those operating away from the capital.
The book â€˜Regional media: past and presentâ€™ released here on Thursday probes into the much overlooked issue. â€œMedia is not a recent phenomenon even for the places outside Kathmandu. Newspapers were published outside Kathmandu in private investment during the Panchayat days as well. With the advent of liberal policy, regional media along with that of the capital have seen changes. However, little study has been done to identify the nature of changes,â€ states Pratyush Onta, editor, introducing the book.
It is this aspect the book tries to uncover. Besides there has been no such attempt to look into reinstatement of democracy and development of the regional media in totality.
By and large, the book is a compilation of articles â€” on state of the local media â€” sent in by media persons from all the five developmental regions. A chapter each delves into the eastern, mid, western and, mid-western and far western regions. With inputs from other research based insights and findings, the book brings affront what oft has been overlooked.
The concluding chapter rounds up the regional media scenario. Dealing in parts, the conclusion breaks down the status of regional media to investment and management, marketing and circulation, human resources and academic background, government policy, local regulation, and meanwhile also puts across suggestions for improvement.
The standard or criteria to judge newspapers or radio stations has been those operating from the capital. Likewise when the term media is coined, it more than often refers the same capital-centred periodicals or FM stations.
â€œWhat is the definition of regional or national media? Does regional mean those published outside the capital?â€ asked Binay Kumar Kasaju, a journalist who published newspapers from Palpa, releasing the book amid a function.
Highlighting the hard times faced by the journalists and investors, Onta of Martin Chautari, quoted Kasaju to send home his point, â€œWorking in regional is like meditating.â€