Media Centre & work station for journalists at Press Club Kolkata
A Media Centre and work stations for journalists were inaugurated at the Press Club, Kolkata on Saturday evening by IT minister Bratya Basu. Three sixth generation computers and a laptop have been provided by the Information Technology Department of the Bengal Government for the centre.
Press Club president Snehashis Sur said that even though mobile phones had become an important means of communication, the Media Centre would still be of immense help to newspersons on the move for filing their stories, especially those who are unable to carry laptops wherever they go. “The club is located right next to the central business district of the city. The Media Centre would be very convenient for them to drop by and send their stories and articles instead of going all the way to their offices to do so,” he said.
The minister had been requested by the club secretary to assist in setting up the Media Centre when he had visited the Press Club in May this year to speak at a workshop on Digital Journalism. He had then assured the help of the IT Department towards this. “Now, with this inauguration, the Government has given a Puja gift to the Press Club,” a club official said.
At present, the club relies on a broadband connection for its internet needs. But a strong wi-fi network would be set up soon. The centre would also be open to photographers who need to send news pictures quickly.
If required, journalists would also be able to refer to all newspapers, files of which are kept at the club, while writing their stories. The Media Centre would generally be open from 2pm till 9.30pm, the club president said.