India has a good chance of becoming the next best place to work for journalism, but it will require a different set of skills and the right infrastructure to keep the job in the public interest.
India’s best journalists could become the next top tier of global talent in a few years, according to a report released on Thursday by the University of Oxford.
India is a country where the media is seen as one of the most important pillars of society.
But the government has not seen fit to address the fact that its media landscape has been dominated by the local media, the report said.
India has a lot of talent, and the quality of the media has improved substantially in recent years, but the country is not well positioned to sustain a strong and robust, well-run media system.
“India has not been able to build a stable and credible media system that would allow it to maintain its position as a global hub for journalism,” said Richard Hogg, a senior lecturer at Oxford University’s department of journalism.
Hogg has spent most of his career in India, and his findings show that while India has the capacity to build strong and credible, globally recognised, and trusted journalism, the country has not done so.
He said India has not built a stable, reliable and credible journalism system that could ensure the country’s standing in the world, particularly in relation to the global media landscape.
“While India has more than a hundred million journalists and news media outlets, it has been unable to effectively control the flow of information,” Hogg said.
“Its media landscape is dominated by local media and the local government has a dominant role in the selection and distribution of content.”
Hogg said the Indian government needs to create a robust and strong media system, particularly when it comes to digital news and information, and not simply depend on local newspapers and broadcasters.
India still has some shortcomings when it come to digital technology, Hogg pointed out.
But he said India should also focus on building a robust, high quality media infrastructure, which could allow the country to be an important hub for global news and journalism.
“The media landscape needs to be robust, it needs to have a robust set of standards for the content that is published,” he said.
“And there needs to also be an appropriate infrastructure for its delivery.”
India has the most journalists per capita in the G7 and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Media Freedom Index.
The country has also long been a hub for the global digital economy, but its media sector is struggling to adapt to the changing nature of digital journalism and the proliferation of content.
The report said India could become a global centre for journalism in five years, with the right political leadership.
But, it said, this has not yet happened.
“We are not in a position to establish an international hub for news and media production, as there are still gaps in India’s ability to provide for its media needs, as well as a lack of institutional support for the growth of the industry,” said Hogg.