According to the 55th Annual report of the Registrar of Newspaper for India (RNI) there has been an overall 8.23 percent of growth in the print media in India. The factors like internet, social networking sites and blogs, which has affected print journalism a lot in the west, is yet to catch up with Indian newspaper.
Comparing Oriya journalism with national jornalism, Jyoti Prakash, General Secretary of the Association of IIMC said, “the growth rate in Orissa in journalism is high. When we compare the circulation numbers of two noted Oriya newspaper, 'Sambad and Samaj, we would see that the numbers has increased.”
“In 2005, circulation of Sambad was 17.70 lakh, which increased to 20.69 lakh in 2006. Samaj also saw a rise from 17.43 lakh to 18.97 lakh in 2005-2006. Apart from that, Oriya news channels, radio channels have also cropped up lately." says Prakash.
When asked, as to whether the youths are choosing Oriya journalism as a career path, Mr. Prakash said that journalism is a field that do not pay much and in India the situation is worse; Oriya being the most unfortunate. However he also said that things are improving and “in the 80's there was 1 journalism school but currently, this number has increased to 30, which shows that the youths are inclined towards this field.”