“Print media is in trouble because of #Coronavirus and it will get worse.”
If there was any doubt about that dark foreboding, confirmation came from revenue-rich English publications which fired staff, trimmed salaries, shut editions and sought tax breaks even before the 21-day lockdown could end.
But what of language media, especially the much larger but less professional Hindi journalism?
In this episode of J-POD, a podcast on journalism, Om Thanvi, the former Editor of the Hindi daily Jansatta from the Indian Express group, who is now vice-chancellor of the Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jaipur, discusses the challenges ahead of Hindi journalists.
Thanvi says: most big Hindi newspapers communalised the coverage of #Coronavirus; Hindi journalists do a vile hatchet job because Hindi media owners want it and because the government wants it; and the plight of journalists is worse than migrants: “at least migrants will still have their jobs when they return”.