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‘Promote the habit of reading regional newspapers'

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78 regional newspapers felicitated by Karnataka Madhyama Academy

D.P. Parameshwar, chairman of Karnataka Madyama Academy (right), releasing a book on successful regional newspapers that have completed 20 years in Karnataka. — Photo: K. Gopinathan
D.P. Parameshwar, chairman of Karnataka Madyama Academy (right), releasing a book on successful regional newspapers that have completed 20 years in Karnataka. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

As many as 78 regional newspapers that have completed 20 years were felicitated by the Karnataka Madhyama Academy (KMA) on Monday in recognition of the important roles that the district-level and regional language newspapers play.

Among those that were recognised were Kannada Kanmani , Bhaskara , Suddi Bidugade , Mandya Suddi , Adike Patrike , Brahmagiri , Malenadu Mitra , Uttara Karnataka , Chandravalli , Vikranta Bharatha , Karthavya , Gulabi , Shidlu Patrike and Snehapriya .

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) Ombudsman B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs handed over certificates to the editors of the newspapers.

Speaking about the problems faced by the smaller, regional newspapers, Mr. Urs said, “Smaller newspapers have their own set of problems. The onslaught of ‘live' media is taking its toll on print journalism. The habit of reading needs to be promoted in Karnataka so as to encourage newspaper reading, like in the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.”

D.P. Parameshwar, chairman of KMA, in his address said, “The number of Kannada newspapers has increased with the growth of Kannada journalism. The fact that these dailies have stood the test against electronic media is gratifying. The KMA has recognised these dailies by giving certificates to those who have existed for more than 20 years.”

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