GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - Alternative media in India is growing, but newspapers in the country still have a future. �After all, more than half the population in India lack Internet access, which means the daily newspaper continues to be a source of news that can be shared between users,� said Alan Gray, editor cum proprietor of the highly followed news portal Newsblaze.
Interacting through video-conferencing from Jerrabomberra in Australia with scribes in the city on Friday as part of �Meet the Press� programme by the Guwahati Press Club, Gray said in all media forms, the basics remain the same.
The aspiring journalist must do a proper groundwork and write a good story, whatever is the format, he said, adding that journalists in Australia strive to maintain high professional standards, and enjoy a fair degree of job security and good pay package.
�The Australian press is quite nationalistic, but it is issue-based and scribes do not shrink from constructive criticism,� Gray said. He pointed out that various forms of media in Australia, including the press, radio, television and alternative media, coexist in their own space in a dynamic landscape.
While he is yet to come across any journalist of Indian origin active in Australia, Gray said Indian issues are given due coverage by the Australian media. �We do receive a good amount of write-ups from Indian contributors, though the quality is sometimes uneven. A considerable number of unskilled and inexperienced people are entering this field. Some media house managements seem to prefer raw recruits rather than experienced journalists to cut down on expenses, which explains the poor quality work often seen floating around,� he said.
Agreeing that fake news is emerging as a major threat to both alternative and mainstream media, Gray said this puts a greater responsibility on journalists.