The Newspaper (সংবাদপত্র)
The Importance of Reading Newspaper (সংবাদপত্র পাঠের গুরুত্ব)
Introduction: The word 'NEWS' literally means the North, the East, the West, and the South. A newspaper is an Or, The importance of Reading Newspaper (a da eq) paper that carries the news and views of both home and abroad. It also contains features, stories, poems, comments, etc. So it is called the storehouse of knowledge and information.
History: Venice in Europe was the first to publish newspapers. England first published newspapers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. "The India Gazette' was the first newspaper in the Indian sub-continent. It was published in 1779. The Samachar Darpan was the first Bangla newspaper. The Christian Missionaries of Srirampur published it.
Kinds of the newspaper: Newspapers are of different types such as dailies, weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies, yearlies, etc. The leading daily newspapers in Bangladesh are The Bangladesh Observer, The Daily Star, and The Ittefaq. The Janakantha, The Jugantor, The Prothom Alo, The Amar Desh, The Sungbad, The Sangram, The Naya Diganta, etc. Each and every newspaper contains all sorts of news and views of home and abroad.
Importance: Newspapers are very useful to all sections of people. They help the growth of public opinion and contain views on current topics. The newspaper is supposed to be a great power. So great is the influence that some have called it the fourth state. Napoleon has said, "Your hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets." Newspapers act as watchdogs of democracy, human rights, and individual freedom.
They are not only mass media but also much more of it. It criticizes governmental actions and policies and thus helps to formulate correct decisions by those who run the state machinery. In doing so, the press acts as the hyphen between the state and the people keeping both conscious of their mutual obligations.
Demerits: A newspaper is not altogether free from evils. Sometimes it publishes exaggerated and sensational information. Thus it creates misunderstanding between individuals, parties, and nations. Sometimes reporters take bribes and hide the news.
Conclusion: In spite of some demerits modern life is not possible without a newspaper. They act as mirrors through which we can have a full view of the world. No civilized nation, no human society can go even for a single day without a newspaper.