Media Foundation
  • 28 Jul 2015
    Nepal Interactive Media Map

    Nepal’s media environment has become diverse over the years. Thousands of newspapers are published from around the country. Hundreds of radio stations and news portals, and several dozen television stations are operational. The growth has been so fast, and with the pace continuing, it is difficult to get a clear and accurate picture of the country’s mediascape at a given time. Moreover, timely and authentic data on various forms of media channels and platforms remain limited.

    Here at Media Foundation Nepal (MFN), we have been working on integrating the data available from various authentic sources, and visualizing them in the form of an interactive map for a simple, easy, holistic view. (a large vieweven larger view)

    The Nepal Interactive Media Map is, thus, a one-page view of the country’s mediascape. This is based on data sources from Press Council Nepal and the Ministry of Information and Communications. Included here are registered newspapers, published and unpublished, and online news sites that had applied for registration, operational FM radio stations, which had obtained the government licenses, and license-holding TV channels across the country.

    By Jagadish Pokhrel   Comments Category: Media Maps
  • 28 May 2015
    At Work

    MF staff at work on disaster reporting resources for the media in the wake of April/May earthquake.

    Did you say ‘just a click?”


    “Alarming reports, much work to do.”


    By MFN   Comments Category: Uncategorized
  • 21 Jan 2015
    Media in the service of the people

    The latest edition of Hope magazine features a write-up by Bharat Dutta Koirala, chair of Media Foundation. In the article, Koirala traces the evolution of  development journalism and reflects on the future.


    By Bharat Dutta Koirala
    In the late 1970s, I had the opportunity to spend a week in King Birendra’s camp in Surkhet. It was customary to invite journalists to share King’s experience at the end of his month-and-a half long visit to a development region. During the week, I also visited various communities in the vicinity of the camp and wrote about the activities of the people, describing their work-a-day life, their hopes and aspirations, the impact of the royal visit on their lives and the attitudinal changes that their growing interactions with the rest of the country had brought about. I wrote a series of articles on what I experienced during that week. These articles, published simultaneously in the Gorkhapatra and the Rising Nepal were intended not only to highlight the changing face of Surkhet but also to inspire further development of the Valley and the rest of the country. In my one-to-one interview with the King on the final day of his stay in the camp, we discussed the impact of the King’s visit and the concept of development journalism. The King liked all of the articles and wanted to do something about making his administration more communication-oriented and the National News Agency to cover more development news than just report details of the royal movements or the speeches of his ministers.

    By MFN   Comments Category: Uncategorized
  • 14 Sep 2012
    Survey Assessments of Media Capacity, Media Credibility and Media Literacy

    Media Foundation has just completed a major study on Nepali media, Media and the Nepali Public: Survey Assessments of Media Capacity, Media Credibility and Media Literacy. The following is the executive summary of the study, with findings and recommendations:


    MEDIA & THE NEPALI PUBLIC: Survey Assessments of Media Capacity, Media Credibility and Media Literacy (Media Foundation- Nepal, Kathmandu)




    This report attempts to provide a summary of Nepali journalists’ views on the professional challenges they face, their capacity development needs, their perceptions of media credibility, and their suggestions to improve the overall quality of journalism in the country. It also seeks to offer a snapshot of public views on media and their credibility, level of reliability of media as the source of information on contemporary issues, as well as the level of media literacy of the citizens.

    By MFN   Comments Category: Uncategorized
  • 30 May 2010
    Getting past the clutter

    Op-ed article by Dharma Adhikari of Media Foundation in Republica daily newspaper.  In the article, Adhikari emphasizes on the need for a systematic, continued and independent media monitoring and analysis.


    By Dharma Adhikari

    First some crude estimates based on available data:

    On average, with 1,800 words a page, the daily weekday edition of Republica offers its readers close to 30,000 words. The combined 164 pages of the country’s 11 broadsheets produce around 350,000 words a day. Add to that the 78 smaller dailies (Press Council Nepal, 2010) in print today, mostly 4-page tabloids, 312 in cumulative pages. They produce nearly 300,000 words a day, with an average of 900 words a page.

    At an average human reading speed of 250 words a minute, it will take about 48 hours non-stop for a person to read all our daily newspapers today. More words and reading time for the 425 or so weeklies and other periodicals.

    At the average broadcast speaking speed of 135 words per minute, the 12 Nepal-focused TV channels alone produce over 2.3 million words a day, repeats included. Each channel transmits 25 unique image frames per second. By the same token, over 36 million words are aired daily by the 186 plus radio stations in action today.

    On the virtual front, the active Websites among the 20,844 Nepal-specific domains (.np) registered to date by Mercantile Communications in Kathmandu and a few thousand Nepal-focused others from outside the country as well as many blogs and social networking platforms churn out many gigabytes of content.

    And much more content is generated by the 7.99 million telephony devices, including 6.83 million mobiles in use in the country (Nepal Telecom Authority, April 2010).

    By MFN   Comments Category: Uncategorized
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