AN OVERVIEW OF NEPALI NEWS MEDIA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

  • Bhanu Bhakta Acharya charya.bhanubhakta@gmail.com
Keywords: digital divide, news media, political influence, Press Council Nepal, professionalism

Abstract

Assessing Nepali news media, both print and online, is important to scrutinize its strengths and weaknesses with regard to journalistic professionalism and media accountability. Print newspapers have the longest history among Nepali news media outlets, followed by radio and television. The newest medium—online media—has a history of almost two decades in Nepal, but it still needs greater recognition as mainstream media through legal provisions and professional practices. Reviewing various
literatures from national and international sources, this article identifies six key challenges (i.e., legal constraints, the digital divide, undue political influence, unprofessional practices, shortage of financial resources, and poor performance of media watchdog) and proposes some strategic interventions to address these challenges. This article argues that the growth of news media outlets in terms of number does not necessarily ensure quality content and outlines three key interventions that can help address the
challenges.

Published
2018-12-09
How to Cite
Acharya, B. B. (2018). AN OVERVIEW OF NEPALI NEWS MEDIA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS. The Journal of University Grants Commission, 7(1), 75-92. Retrieved from http://www.jugc.edu.np/index.php/JUGC/article/view/8