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Memorable days: Improving a paper’s look to attract readers

Mostafa Kamal Majumder While improving the content of The New Nation, I simultaneously initiated measures to improve the getup and makeup of the paper. I noticed that the computer section was deciding how the getup should be like on a page to page basis. To accommodate headlines one simple option they had was to increase or deduce font size to ... Read More »

Memorable days: Narrow escape from bomb at Mushtaq’s meet

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Political violence in Bangladesh is an old phenomenon. I came face to face with a very destructive such violence on 23 May 1980 when a public meeting of Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmad came under a bomb attack in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. The largely attended meeting was organized at the end of a series of ... Read More »

Glorious days: Offer to be Press Secretary to the President

Mostafa Kamal Majumder As The New Nation became more or less self-reliant and I could respond to demands of working journalists to improve their working conditions in the paper with a mission to make it sustainable I got a phone call one day from President Iajuddin Ahmed to join him over a cup of tea, several months after the Army-backed ... Read More »

Glorious days: How AL made BNP alienate JP in Parliament

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Old Sangsad Bhaban at Nakhalpara was where I started my Parliament reporting. My seniors most of the time used to engage me to cover the question hour held at the start of sittings every day. The 1979 Parliament is sometimes referred to have had the richest composition with representation from Bangladesh’s political parties. The BNP had ... Read More »

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Facebook on Monday rejected calls from the Australian government and news companies that it share advertising revenue with the media, suggesting it would rather cut news content from its platform.The US tech giant said in a submission to Australia’s competition watchdog that news represents a “very small fraction” of the content in an average user’s news feed. Read More »

Glorious days: Wide DU teacher-student gap makes hit story

Mostafa Kamal Majumder I began attempting scoop news items apart from doing event-based stories and started attracting more attention of seniors and gradually made my place secure in The Bangladesh Times. One such report was on the worsening teacher-student relations in the University of Dhaka. The problem owed its origin to a rapid increase in the number of students after ... Read More »

Glorious days: Plugging in loopholes for economic baseline

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The proprietors of The New Nation did not ask me to look after the financial management of the paper. Yet I felt the burden because the journalists and general employees readily find the editor to tell of their sufferings due to irregular payment of salary and benefits. I thought why not try to lift the economic base ... Read More »

Memorable days: Sheer luck to join a paper full of luminaries

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a matter of sheer luck that I joined The Bangladesh Times at the start of my career in journalism. The paper was the most dynamic among four English dailies of Dhaka City at that time and was full of luminaries of English journalism in Bangladesh. The paper also had a solid foundation. Renowned editor of ... Read More »

Memorable days: Tough first few months to assert as editor

Mostafa Kamal Majumder After taking over as editor of The New Nation in May I spent some tough months for a variety of reasons. The proprietor used to subsidise the paper with his earnings from the Daily Ittefaq. The paper had about 100 journalists and general employees. The monthly salary bill was around Taka four hundred thousand which the paper ... Read More »