Dependency of Electronic Resources by the Media Professionals of Thiruvananthapuram Press Club
The role of journalists and their nature of work have changed with the introduction of online technologies .Today electronic resources offer a broad range of information to the media professionals. This study attempts to identify the level of awareness of the e-resources, purpose of use, extent of utilization, the challenges faced in accessing e-resources and to make suggestions for the optimum utilization of e-resources by the media professionals of Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. A Census method was adopted for collecting data from the respondents through a well structured questionnaire. Out of 75% responded 11.2% are from Asianet. It was found that 66 % are aware of the e-resources, majority of the respondents (88 %) consider e-resources are very useful for their professional activities, majority of the respondents (87 %) are satisfied with the availability of the e-resources and 72% are satisfied with the facilities provided by the Press Club media library for the use of the e-resources and 60% opined that e-resources cannot replace the print resources. The major challenges faced by the respondents are improper connectivity and lack of digital literacy. It was suggested to strengthen the e-resource collection of the Press Club library and to establish a comprehensive networking with news chambers for resource sharing The study strengthens the need for orgnaising regular orientation programme to the media professionals for the optimum utilization of e-resources and thus to improve their skill and proficiency in accessing information quickly for their professional activities.
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