THE ROLE OF A NEWSSPAPER

Wretten By :-Lasantha Jayanath

Newspapers play an important role in the society. They bring us news from all parts of the world. Newspapers have become an indispensable feature in modern life.

Some newspapers are published daily while the others are published weekly. There are four Sinhala daily newspapers and three English daily newspapers in Sri Lanka today. There are two Tamil daily Newspapers too.

A newspaper is considered the cheapest means to get all information and local and foreign news. There are several sources of getting information today. Among them newspapers play an important role? A newspaper provides us news on every field. Pages of a newspaper are allocated for each field. We read local news, foreign news, obituaries, sports news, political news, news on crimes, advertisements on various products, editorial and articles written by distinguished writers. The editorial of a newspaper voices the public opinion. The articles are written on political, social, educational and cultural topics.

A democratic country like Sri Lanka has a free press. They have the right of expressing their ideas independently.

Newspaper educate the people. They keep us well informed. They bring us news on natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, severe droughts, earth slips, cyclones and major accidents like plane crashes with pictures. Newspaper publishing companies get news through various ways. They get foreign news through news agencies and through reporters. They get local news through provincial correspondents. The provincial correspondents send their urgent news through Fax Machines and over the Telephones.

A news paper helps to form public opinion on many burning issues.

The service rendered by a newspaper is enormous. Newspapers help rulers to fulfill the shortcomings in the society. They also reveal various corruptions committed by government officials and also about the waste of public funds.

A national newspaper can be considered the water – dog of the nation. It renders a sacred duty. A newspaper should always be truthful and impartial. Then only it will be popular among its readers.

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