Kantipur and distinction between journalism and covert advertising

At Mysansar, blogger Sushil Gautam has an informative piece on Nepali students venturing to Finland for higher education and realities of student life in the country.

He also raises questions about one piece on Kantipur Nepali Daily which  he alleges, reads more like an advertising rather than piece of informed and fact checked journalism. Gautam questions whether publication like Kantipur, which is perhaps the largest selling Nepali daily in the country and thus carries a lot of weight and trust amongst the mass, should publish such drive by pieces and not categorize them as advertising.

Gautam, a student in Finland, speaks from personal experience and comparing his story with the rosy picture painted by the Kantipur piece, there is some disconnection.

Comments on Sushil Gautam’s post are split right down the middle, some are asking for publications to have more standards and quality control regarding materials they publish, and some are calling for students themselves to be more aware and don’t blame the journalist.

Nevertheless, works of citizen journalism like this  contribute to discussions and add a more personal side to the story often missed or ignored by the mainstream media. In this case, it has raised important questions on media ethics and I hope that Kantipur will care to respond.

 

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