199 years ago, a Gujarati Newspaper, Mumbai Samachar, initiated by a Parsi family in Mumbai, not just survives but also thrives to the zenith even today. A matter of pride, not just for Gujarat but also for India, because it stands 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world to earmark a couple of centuries, twenty decades as a newspaper, and 3rd in the world.
Undoubtedly, the journey would not have been a bed of red roses, but how the team managed to deal with the thorns, was something Mr. Nilesh Dave, Editor of Mumbai Samachar since 2011, elaborated succinctly. Initiated for the businessmen, to keep them updated about the to and fro of products competes for the mainstream media today.
On being asked about his opinion on differences in Journalism for Morning Newspaper and Evening Newspaper, he described how one can find local updates and sensational reader-centric stories in the evening newspaper while news related to the nation and its functioning in morning national newspaper. The evening newspaper is called Journalists’ Newspaper. However, these days, we see the thin line of differences getting thinner, but this is not how it was started.
“The best newspaper would survive!” was a to-the-point reply given on being asked how they deal with competition, as the 200 years old roots, must have seen all seasons. It was backed by an incident that took place a decade ago when Mumbai Samachar published an advertisement of a newly begun newspaper in its own newspaper because they believed, it is quality of content and perseverance that makes anything work and not lack of opposition.
“To achieve this milestone of 200 years, you need immense love and trust of the public, and you can receive it only by your rigorous efforts and indefinably strong authenticity,” said editor
People are heard saying, “if it is in Mumbai Samachar, it is truth.” And this is probably everything the prestigious institution has earned in nutshell. It will continue to water the seeds of this trust, till infinity, the Editor believes.
“We are by the institution and not the other way around,” says Nilesh Dave, selflessly passing away the complete credit of all the accomplishments to the foundation, the pillar, Cama family.
“Crosscheck hundred times before publishing any negative news. Doesn’t matters if it takes two days of time, ‘be late rather than being wrong’, because it can severely impact the other person,” is the bottom-line, followed by the institution in order to combat the issue of unauthenticity.
“News of National level, connecting every arena of the common man and attached to Gujaratis” is the Mahamantra followed by the rational Editor while making editorial decisions related to first-page publishing. And the statement was exemplified with the hypothetical situation that the news informing initiation of new trains connecting two different cities will be given more importance than the bank robbery because sensational news might give amusement but informative news is what newspapers are known for.
On being asked about the impact of the revolution of telecommunication on Journalism, he replied, “it has undoubtedly brought a huge difference, however, in my view, more than resulting fruitful, it can turn out to be a curse if not used optimally.”
The demand of “what is happening around you” is fulfilled by Newspaper, and hence “today, print media might be in the surviving mode but it will remain alive, till infinity runs out, you will find yourself every morning picking up a black and white paper to start your day in an informative way!” declared the Editor.
In order to captivate the youth’s attention and draw it towards the regional languages, ‘theatres and drama’ the other dimension of the Editor’s life was embedded artistically in his journey of journalism and made this a success. And the result is clearly visible as Mumbai Samachar has the youngest readers at present. He believes that one newspaper of regional language should be there at home which, along with keeping the language alive, will keep us all connected to our roots.
Communication and language are inseparable. He very indisputably believes that English is not a threat to Gujarati or any other regional language but, as we update ourselves daily, our languages must be updated on a regular basis too. And he also guides students to not let language be a barrier, continue working in the field and they will see themselves flourishing.
From paying tribute to the Martyrs family to respecting the traffic police, Mumbai Samachar has proved that it is a common man’s newspaper, which does not just listen to the common man, but also responds and makes sure to deliver the most authentic content.
With the promise that a platform would be created by Mumbai Samachar for all the media students to learn and understand communication in an actual sense, Mr. Nilesh Dave, bade us a goodbye, to lay many more pedestals for the country.