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Interview with a journalist in Shiraz
In Shiraz, they even sale the main headline16 August 2014
Translated by: Hanaa Jam
Khabarnegaran.info- Saba Etemad: there was a time when it was said that Shiraz is one the important southern cities which has a very strong press environment. How much reality is in this? Mohammad Reza Abdollahi Nasab , a journalist in Shiraz answers our questions about press situation back there and from what he says , it seem that Shiraz’s journalism is experiencing a cold climax.
There are 5 papers in Shiraz. Besides, there are a couple of weekly and monthly magazines as well. Mohammad Reza Abdollahi Nasab describes the environment of journalism in Shiraz:
How’s journalism in Shiraz?
Here, journalism is facing a cold climax. If I want to put it in brief words, papers and journalism in Shiraz means to reform this job to an advertising business as a source for income, they would sale the main headline if they get a chance! You can’t call it journalism any more , it’s a bulletin .a couple of years ago a newspaper called " Tahlile rooz" ( analyze of day ) were published which was totally different but they couldn’t tolerate it and it got arrested.
This improper situation was the reason Shiraz didn’t win any prize in press festival, though it has the second place in terms of numbers of publishing.
I want to know about the level of professionalism of the journalists who write in local papers in Shiraz ?
Unfortunately I have to say, there are many reporters in Shiraz’s newspapers these days who would do anything even crossing each other for gifts from organizations. Although there are a few numbers who aren’t like that.
In your opinion, what’s the reason of friendship between a journalist and its source of info?
Low salaries and late payments. This problematic system, made ads seeker out of our journalists so they can make the ends meet in their lives. for example Khabar (news) newspaper which has the most number in publishing in the whole Fars province and has many audiences , ask its journalists to work from 8 a.m. until after noon and cover all stories and attend all press conferences but the paper pay them in such low salary which is least of labor income. In other papers they don’t even pay this much!
Did they take any action in order to solve such problems?
Since these problems can be seen in all the papers, journalists decided to forget it and seek ads and reportages to make money.
There are 5 newspapers in Shiraz, what do they do to attract readers?
Khabar jonoub (south news) , Nim Negah ( an over view ) , Asr-e-Mardom ( people’s generation ) , Afsaneh ( fable ) and Hafte Nameh (weekly ) are the publishing papers of Shiraz .besides these , there are a numbers of monthly and weekly papers as well .as an old paper Khabar Jonoub is the first choice of readers and you can’t change it that easily, because this papers is being published in 40 pages and you can find anything in it. From different news to variety of ads, the director in charge of this paper though his journalist well, they know that there are no news which that they can’t cover, everything must be printed in his paper.
There was a time in Shiraz that people used to stand in a line for buying the paper and it used to be sold out in early hours of morning. Mostly for its yellow pages or job vacancy ads, but it’s been almost two years since the last time there was a line for this paper and you can see it in newsstands even in the afternoons.
Other papers are way behind Khabar jonoub, they tried to follow its pattern but they were unsuccessful.
You said before that the journalists here don’t follow the professional codes, do they had any training? How’s the academic part of this job in Shiraz?
Well there was barely a work shop few years ago but now we have Danshkadeh Khabar (school of media studies) branch in Shiraz and most of these journalist signed up in those classes.
How’s the relationship between journalists and politicians?I mean political parties and economic aspects , you just mentioned the economic power and Advertising before ?
There is a close relationship, most of the journalists in Shiraz don’t understand that they should stay away from politics. This friendship and close relationship made these journalists a voice of politics instead of being a reporter.
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