The expressions such as Development reporting or Development news were coined during the early seventies when UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP were willing to fund and encourage a new kind of reporting. The Press of the west was critical of these agencies. The US and British Press has censured them consistently as a reaction to allegations of slated reporting by the western media while giving reports on the economics and development issues of the developing countries. Various forums discussed the domination of the western Press on the media of the developing nations. In these debates, the city-based print media were found against development reporting because they thought that it was an effort towards management of news. However, smaller newspapers wanted to implement the concept of development reporting.
Consequently, the UNESCO formed the McBride Commission. This commission organized hearings in developing countries. However, such hearings were boycotted by many newspapers, including some newspapers in
However, there were many news agencies in
The progress of development reporting in
- The mass media were catering to the needs of the urban literate readers. The newspapers & magazines publishers were developing content for the urban people and not for the mass markets. Hence, their content was urban oriented.
- The journalism training institutes did not pay attention to the concept of training in development reporting.
- The corporate publishing sector was driven by monetary gain. It did not depute development reporters to cover the news of development. It also did not start the in-house training programs to upgrade the reporting skills and research techniques of its existing set of reporters.
Thus, the concept of development reporting could not emerge as a force in the field of journalism in
During the seventies and eighties, the information scenario was being changed in