The hard life and tough times of beat journalists

1 August 2011

Despite the exponential growth of media in recent years, few facilities have been created for mediapersons to cover public events of note, with their shirts intact.

Exhibit A, above, is the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore.

For years now, the governor’s house has been a beehive of political activity. Yet, journalists assigned to cover Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa‘s resignation from office following a Lok Ayukta report that indicted him in the Rs 16,000 crore illegal mining scam, had to operate in utterly chaotic conditions on Sunday.

Print and TV reporters had to elbow each other just to stand comfortably to hear the chief minister’s remarks, and camerapersons stood dangerously on traffic barricades and other perches to capture the action, while outside broadcasting (OB) vans were parked haphazardly on the busy road.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

One Response to “The hard life and tough times of beat journalists”

  1. alamelu Says:

    1. If it was a “beehive” of activity, it would have been full of bees, and the complaining reporter would have wanted to be as far away from it as possible. Perhaps he means it was a “hive of activity”.
    2. He says, “Print and TV reporters HAD TO elbow each other just to stand comfortably”. Really? since when has there been a compulsion to “elbow each other” or display any other kind of physical aggression? I the reporter saying that unless the government provides named seats for every reporter it is forcing them to behave like an unruly mob?


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