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Information seeking behavior of newspaper journalists in Bengaluru City, Karnataka State, India

Library Herald Year : 2021, Volume : 59, Issue : 2 First page : ( 36) Last page : ( 59) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2021.00009.9

Information seeking behavior of newspaper journalists in Bengaluru City, Karnataka State, India

Prof. Parvathamma N.1, Mahadevagouda Rajashekhar2 1Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Gulbarga University, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India 2Research Scholar, Department of Library and Information Science, Gulbarga University, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India Abstract The study attempts to understand the information needs of newspaper journalists. Journalists working in newspaper publishing firms located in Bengaluru Cityhave been selected for the study. Majority of the journalists are between the age group of 25–45 years and only 23.78% of them possess educational qualification in journalism. Their information needs vary from basic information on a given topic to information for cross verification of facts, supporting evidence in the form of photos, and public opinion. News apps, e-newspapers, digital archives of newspapers, television news channels and social networking sites are the most frequently consulted e-sources of information. Subject experts, local political leaders/government representatives, and friends and relatives are the major human sources of information consulted for gathering information. Nonavailability of the required information, lack of time, lack of information search skills and lack of information in the required language are the major problems faced while accessing information in their libraries. Lack of qualified library staff, disorganized information resources and lack of ICT facilities in the library are also the major hurdles faced while accessing the required information. Keywords Information Seeking Behaviour, Journalists, Newspaper Journalists, Media Professionals, Bengaluru, Karnataka State, India.

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