Even though we see more women in regional print media now, they are still in negligible numbers in fields like business, sports, politics and investigative reportage, said U.B. Rajalaxmi, Editor of Taranga Weekly and member of the Karnataka Media Academy during the ‘Press Day’ celebrations here on Monday.

Addressing a gathering of journalists, Ms. Rajalaxmi said: “Thirty years ago, there were only a few women, and mostly confined to desk or writing on recipes and glamour. Now, there are more women, but still don’t have access to higher posts in Kannada newspapers.”

Lokesh Karyaga, from Vijaya Karnataka, said the electronic media in the State was still at its nascent stage, and it would take a decade for it to come out of its penchant for sensationalism.

“Glamour and crime feature prominently in Kannada television channels…there is a long way to go for it to reach maturity,” he said.

From local and national issues captured as satire in brightly drawn comic strips to caricatures of eminent personalities, a three-day exhibition of 140 cartoons sketches done by 29 cartoonists from the coastal region was inaugurated to mark the occasion at Mangalore Press Club.

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