عنوان مقاله [English]
Local journalism has a prominent position in journalism profession, but most of journalists are not fully aware of the importance of this brunch of journalism. Therefore, this paper is mainly aimed at examining the extent of knowledge of local journalists about status of local journalism.
This research work is explorative type. The statistical population of present study, are all managers, editors, reporters and university lecturers of journalism, working in local newspapers. Due to limited number of statistical population, the volume of the sample is based on total counting and set as 60 persons. For data gathering, survey method and questionnaire tool have been used and then the gathered data has been analyzed by SPSS software.
The main question of this study was how informed are local journalists about professional position of local journalism?
Studying the answers given to this question by those taking part in the survey is interesting. Findings show that from the perspective of managers, editors, reporters and university professors of journalism, importance of journalism expertise in attracting the audience, impact of award, encouragement, salary and bonuses, effect of hardware and software, news mediator, visitor, trainee and employee, existence of cyber channels, holding relevant education degree, importance of uninterrupted publication and coverage of news and issues interested for the audience, balance between political, social and sport news of the district, use of graphics and charts in the local newspaper, balance between working staff and required professional posts, diversity of news and local and native social, economic and cultural reports, needs for local climatic, historical, and cultural features are important factors for quality of the local journalism but local journalist have not adequate knowledge about any of these topics. Also, on problems and restrictions faced by local journalism, findings show that only 50 percent of mangers, editors, reporters and prominent local journalism scholars are aware of the shortcomings. All managers, editors, reporters and prominent professors are aware of poor economic and social position of their local audience