This book takes a fresh look at development communication in the Indian context. Charting its international history and discussing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that evolved as part of the phenomenon of globalization, it links the history of India's development with development communication and discusses the role of media in disseminating information to the public.
Development Communication in Practice: India and the Millennium Development Goals analyzes seven Indian newspapers for a period of seven months and evaluates the extent to which development issues are addressed in them. The findings reveal an under-representation of development issues in the media which, the author argues, needs to be addressed. Reviewing recent concepts on poverty measurement and the MDGs set forth by global scholars such as Jagdish Bhagwati, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, the book acknowledges the importance of information technology, literacy and education in the process of development.
This book will be a good resource for economists, development communication practitioners, government officials dealing in media and communication and students and researchers working in the fields of communication and media studies and journalism.
Chapter 6: Development News in Seven Newspapers of India
Before examining the history of the seven newspapers chosen for our analysis, let us make a cursory survey of 19th century Indian journalism and its historical background. This will also throw more light on the circumstances surrounding the birth and growth of the newspapers we have chosen for analysis.
No newspaper or editor is born spontaneously and no single individual alone can be extolled as the sole initiator of a newspaper. The economic, social and political environment plays a significant role in the birth of a newspaper.
The closing decades of the 19th century saw the beginning of a steady movement towards responsible government in several regions of ...