Last month, two separate survey reports were published on ‘Nepali journalists’ use of social media’.
The first Journalist & Social Media: 2011 National Survey of Nepali Journalists was released by Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal). This is a survey that assesses the journalists’ use of social media, the purposes of their usages and their perceptions about social media as an aid for their professional activities.
The other, FNJ Social Media Survey Report 2012, was released by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). The study was conducted by FNJ in association with InterNews Nepal.
Both reports, a little different in nature and scope, indicate that Nepali journalists are increasingly using internet – for personal and professional reasons. This is good news.
However, both reports do not analyze their level of dependence on internet on journalistic purposes, their level of internet literacy and the impact of their internet usages on the media contents they produced.
I believe that it’s time that journalists need skill trainings on internet literacy if we look forward to a future where journalists use internet for the betterment of the profession.
Both reports are free to download (pdf):
- Journalist & Social Media: 2011 National Survey of Nepali Journalists
- FNJ Social Media Survey Report 2012
DISCLAIMER: I am the lead researcher in the CMR-Nepal research.