Panama papers leaked in India. An eight month long investigation of The Indian Express with other international journalists had made it happen. Every Indian media carried the news, every website wrote about it, every broadcast channels held debates over the findings of the paper.
This was not only an investigation but also a reminder that print media still exists with its own charm. Recently, comedian John Oliver’s video has talked about the changing scenes of media and threats. He has clearly pointed out the evolving situation of media. The print media is dying and people are becoming more comfortable with the free news at the websites and smartphone apps.
Repeating the thoughts of Oliver, we must agree that the situation of Indian media is also same. Most of the print media houses have their own website and mobile apps. The concentration is more on online clicks and shares. The teams are writing headlines, keeping in mind the online audience. The credibility of print is there but the focus has shifted. Take the example of Panama Papers, it is done by a print media organization and ultimately the other media groups have just repeated the observations.
Oliver clearly mentioned the usage of print news by online and broadcast. There is no shame in this but also a point that print really works. The advertisement revenues are going down in print because of the other platforms. Of course your brand will not likely to advertise for both print and online. So the problem is at rise.
But the trend is affecting the journalists a lot as Oliver mentions. A print journalist at the regular assignment is more focused on tweeting the information and write a brief for the house. Or else the journalist sitting beside will do it before. This is affecting the concentration and focus.
Free news is important but news needs the passion of investigation too. The time for investigation, the time for analysis, the time to think about every aspect. With time if we lose all of these but get free news then there will be news but not much Panama leak or the leak of Scorpene submarine.
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