The Indian Newspaper Society
Logo of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS)
|Formation||February 27, 1939|
|Purpose||Protecting interests of Indian newspapers|
|Headquarters||Rafi Marg, New Delhi|
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) (formerly Indian and Eastern Newspaper Society) acts as the central organization of the Press of India, an independent body authenticating circulation figures of newspapers and periodicals in India. It is an organization which plays a major role in protecting and promoting the freedom of press in India. The society was founded in 1939. Its headquarters are at Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
INS membership comprises the owners, proprietors and publishers of print media who discusses and suggest various measures to the government regarding the problems related to the newspaper industry. It is a kind of pressure group which works to protect the interest of newspaper industry in particular and print media in general.
Indian newspaper industry today faces problems ranging from rising cost and paucity of newsprint to shrinking revenue from advertisement due to boom in electronic media. The executive committee of INS represents the current 990 members from newspapers, journals, periodicals and magazines.
At present Mr.Shailesh Gupta of Midday has been elected president of The Indian Newspaper Society on 25 September 2019 for the year 2019–20.
On February 27, 2014, the Society marked its platinum jubilee with a celebration at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, was chief guest and gave away commemorative plaques to extant founding members – Bombay Chronicle, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Times of India and The Tribune. On this occasion, President Mukherjee was also presented the first copy of a book Threescore and Fifteen – The Story of the Indian Newspaper Society written by INS president Ravindra Kumar. Priced at Rs 399, the book chronicles the accomplishments of and challenges faced by the society and is vital reading for media practitioners and policy makers. Copies can be ordered from the INS secretariat at Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
The presidents of INS include:
- G. Narasimhan (1956–57)
- Upendra Acharya, 1958–1959
- Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain
- Kundan Vyas
- Ashish Bagga
- Present: Ravindra Kumar
- Hormusji. N. Kama
- PV Chandran
- Somesh Sharma
- Akila Urankar
- "History of Indian Newspaper Society (INS)". indiannewspapersociety.org. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "THE INDIAN NEWSPAPER SOCIETY". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Shailesh Gupta of Midday is new INS president". The Times of India. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Executives Committee/Board of Directors". indiannewspapersociety.org.
- "List of members". wan-ifra.org. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Former Presidents". indiannewspapersociety.org. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Official website
- Photo Guide: Round the clock at Dainik Bhaskar, June 2010
- Opinion - A mission lost in petty politicking, The Hindu, 20 September 2006
- History in Lahore: The Indian Newspaper Society meet, The Hindu, 25 June 2005
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