Economy is the pillar of development for any country. People of a country with a strong economy are not only free; they are also happy. Nepal is currently in the process progressing in terms of growth and development. Nepal is today putting efforts to make itself prosperous in every sector including industry, business, banks and financial institutions, infrastructure, energy, tourism, agriculture, insurance, mining and minerals. For this, awareness of civil society along with the state is needed. Civil society, along with the government, needs a vibrant, independent and strong media to drive every activity to strengthen the economy. For a developing country like Nepal, economic sector journalism is indispensable. There are no non-political and non-economic issues in the world. Politics and economy are interlinked. Therefore, the importance of economic journalism is quite notable
The contribution of the Society of Economic journalist Nepal (SEJON) is important for the development of economic journalism that shakes and informs both the government and civil society to drive Nepal’s overall economic activities. Founded 23 years ago, SEJON has played and continues to play a major role in establishing in the country that media content is not only political but also economic. In the past, the leadership and all the members have contributed a lot to move the season forward. In particular, SEJON has been playing a role in raising the issue of economic journalism by raising the capacity of journalists and giving it special priority. SEJON has been conducting studies, researches as well as policy debates, trainings, orientations, interactions, etc. related to economics along with capacity building of economic journalists, especially in the field of economic journalism. SEJON has been increasing cooperation and partnership with the government, private sector, development partners and civil society.
SEJON has always been in favour of economic journalism with high business practice. For this, it has formulated its own code of conduct to make economic journalists professionally strong and has emphasized on its implementation. Membership is provided only to journalists who have at least a bachelor’s degree and have been doing economic journalism for five years. We believe that journalism should be established as a profession that is constantly active rather than a lucrative business. Every economic journalist who gives continuity in journalism walks by embracing the basic Principles of truth, facts, fairness, balance and responsibility. Therefore, economic journalists never value their own and anyone else’s personal interests. He never forgets his professional religion to make the country economically prosperous. This high business ability of each member, the will to study economics in depth and experience has become the mainstays of the season. On this basis, SEJON is being established as a familiar, experienced and efficient organization for all. I would like to thank all the members, including the former presidents of SEJON, for their contribution.
Karobar National daily
President, Society of Economic Journalists-Nepal (SEJON)
Central Department of Journalism and Mass communication, (T.U.)