The language of reporting
KATHMANDU, AUG 16 -
Journalism and mass communication have flourished in Nepal, particularly in the past few years. Various forms of Nepali media have developed their own distinct means of delivering information to, and communicating with their readers and audiences, although there is room aplenty for improvement. Samachar Ko Bhasa, a new book by Akhanda Bhandari, news desk chief and columnist for Kantipur daily, attempts to refine the stylistic practices prevalent among Nepali-language journalists in the country.
Bhandari himself has been in the field of journalism for the past 12 years; 10 of which he has spent as desk chief. Although a newly published book , Samachar Ko Bhasa was written almost a decade ago. “I finished writing the first draft of this book almost 10 years ago. However, publishers were unwilling to print it as they did not see any commercial value in such a book ,” he says. The newly published version has been re-worked and re-edited so as to make the book more relevant to contemporary times. The author’s decade-long experience as chief desk has undoubtedly added to the quality of the book .
The book was launched at a programme organised at the Bhojan Griha, Dilli Bazar, on August 15. The launch ceremony was not presided over by a chairman, chief guest, or keynote speaker. It was a rather informal event that saw the participation of numerous journalists and media-persons. “Delivering facts in a language that is both precise and concise has proven a difficult task for Nepali journalists. I have attempted to make this task a little simpler, and a whole lot easier in my book ,” Bhandari said as he released the book .
The book is a self-published endeavour that attempts to make the language of Nepali news more polished and journalistic than it currently is. “The book is the outcome of 10 years of professional experience as desk chief. I have tried my best to compile representative examples of the many mistakes we commonly see published in our national Nepali dailies,” Bhadnari said.The book might also prove helpful to those who are interested in academic writing as it is the outcome of rigorous consultation with numerous language experts and senior journalists.
The book is priced at Rs 300
Posted on: 2012-08-16 09:11