To address the localised needs of small and medium newspapers, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has initiated a series of seminars, the second of which will be held in Bhopal on April 29 for the Madhya Pradesh region.
Said Deepak S Raja, Secretary General, INS, "On January 10 this year we had a seminar on small and medium newspapers in Delhi, following which the Dainik Bhaskar Group offered to host the seminar for the Madhya Pradesh region. The idea of doing it in Bhopal is to begin extending this movement to the rest of the country as we feel that the entire industrialisation, modernisation and advantages of the press medium should grow substantially."
Raja explained that medium and small newspapers needed a great deal of guidance in understanding new technology and processes and also in dealing with government bodies. Small and medium newspapers account for 80 per cent of the total newspapers published in India. INS is also considering involving banks in developing financial packages for small and medium newspapers.
The Governor, Dr Balram Jakhar, will inaugurate the seminar. There will be a technical session where experts will update members on the latest technology, advantages, cost and how it could help them to upgrade their current level of technology. In the afternoon session, major government bodies that small and medium newspapers have to deal with will answer questions posed by members in an open house. Chief Minister Babulal Gaur will give the valedictory address.
"Though Delhi followed a similar format, different states have different needs and we will continue to educate them locally. The next one is likely to be held in Amravati for the Maharashtra region in May," Raja informed.
Commented Sunil Dang, Chairman, Small and Medium Newspapers Committee of INS, "Considering the limited time and resources of publishers, we wanted to go out to each region instead of bringing them all together nationally. We are aiming to get maximum mileage out of this training which will ultimately lead to better use of technology and thus better products."