Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Journalism: How in Bhutan...?

Giving up the note pad and pen of their interest...
Where does it go from here is what hits the minds of journalists in Bhutan having to survive the life while passion is on writing.

 Only the time they forget this concern, is when they are nipped into busy reporting.

While things are more promising for young graduates joining the management team, it was never the same for young journalists interested in reporting and trying to voice for voiceless.

The media houses, housing as many young journalists with few senior seasoned journalists speaks of the Journalism situation in Bhutan by itself.

Take a look back, the Bhutan's first journalist became the media controller by taking up bureaucratic seat as the secretary for the Ministry of Information and communication.
Following the same, as many senior reporters from kuensel are now in position other than journalism some are CEO, some seem to lobbying for political career, some are already in to public relation, some working as media officer some where.

 Some those are in the private media houses are also seemingly  giving up with a recent declaration of Mr. Tashi Dorji taking leave from the editor of the Business Bhutan. And there are not much seasoned journalists holding back on the profession to remain, because this is as far as they can go. 

If only these few faces like Lop Rinzin Wangchuk, Mr. Phuntsho Wangdi, Mr. Nidup Zangpo and Mr. Samten Wangchuk of those old flocks of journalists remain. Unless they have some other intention deep inside, the journalism in Bhutan rests up on the only few seniors of below 10 years in journalism to catch up with international journalism, whose journalists have more than 20 years of field reporting to boast. May these people remain and hang on the profession and give a life to journalism in real sense.

To count our own, I believe it is the only kuensel editor Mr. Phuntsho Wangdi in today's time, who have more then 20 years in journalism and still serving in the field of journalism.

The end of the career destination of journalist in Bhutan, so I think is held by the Government on one hand and the management on the other hand.

For instance, journalists working with private media houses remain unpaid for months that they are compelled to think of other possible jobs for career although their interest is in journalism, because the source of revenue, the most that comes from Government isn't much in their favor. 

Meanwhile in corporate media house, reporters are less concerned for management where most of the reporters feel ignored of their welfare while the management is concerned of the business not realizing that it is a media house where the editorial is in the front for the business.

Most of the time best reporters are the one who looks for alternative job while management does not care to retain, rather seems egoistic by saying we have hundreds of graduates waiting for the job.

Journalism I believe is not about getting job or having a plenty looking for job, it is much more than just a job that demands interest, commitment, knowledge and skills that can only be possible after spending not less than 10 years in the profession.

Looking at the current trend in journalists seeking career shift, the media and journalism in Bhutan seems to take time in reaching the height of journalism.

Too see a Bhutanese journalist as old as those you see in BBC and Aljazeera reporting from the field is obvious to take few more decades of time.

I wish and hope a few vibrant journalists we have in kuensel, BBS, and other private media remain to continue and groom the rest wanting to grow with journalism.

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