Newspapers/The role of newspaper in Modern life/Importance of Reading Newspaper/Importance of Newspaper
A newspaper is a paper that gives us news of day to day happenings of the different parts of the world. It is one of the blessings of the modern civilization. We cannot think of modern life without the newspaper.
The first newspaper was published in China. Venice of Italy was the first place where the first newspaper saw the light of the day in Europe. During the reign of Elizabeth it was published in England. The “Indian Gazette” published in 1774 was the first newspaper in the sub-continent . “The Samachar Darpan” brought out by the Missionaries of Sree Rampur was the first Bengali newspaper.
There are various kinds of newspapers in the world. They are dailies, weeklies, monthlies, fortnightlies , and so on. The daily newspaper carries the news of the daily affairs. It is popular with all sections of people. Other kinds of newspapers are known as periodicals and magazines. They contain articles, stories, literatures, poems and some other items.
Newspaper is very useful to all sections of people. It tells us what is happening at home and abroad . It is said that, newspaper is a store house of knowledge. It familiarizes the students with the world outside. Merchants read the newspaper to know the condition of the market, Lovers of sports go through them to get the sports news, and Politicians come to know the political news of the world. The employment seekers get useful information in it. It is for all these reasons newspapers are a great concern to all.
Newspaper leads the people and nation in right way. But this is often ignored . As the newspapers are owned by different political parties, they provide news and express views in their own way . Really speaking, newspapers sometimes suppress the truth and spread lies. Hence newspaper is not always an unmixed blessing . Napoleon said, “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets”.
In spite of its draw-backs newspaper is the most useful thing in modern life. We cannot think of a day without it. If we do not read it, we shall be like the frogs in a dark well . It is a looking glass of the modern world. So, all of us should read it regularly.