International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 240

Full Length Research Paper

Information seeking behavior of newspaper journalists

Gurdev Singh1* and Monika Sharma2
1Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi Pitam, Pura Delhi, India. 2NIMS University Jaipur Rajasthan, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 June 2013
  •  Published: 31 August 2013

Abstract

Sufficient knowledge about the information needs and seeking behavior of users is very important in order to develop good library collection and to provide effective and efficient services to the users. This article reports the results of a study conducted to determine the information seeking behavior of newspaper journalists working in Delhi, India. It was found that different categories of journalists used various types of sources for acquiring the needed information. The periodicals, news magazines, current issues of newspapers, newspaper clipping files and dictionaries/ biographical dictionaries are most frequently used sources of information by them. The main difficulties faced by them are lack of modern communication gadgets, information scattered in many sources, lack of time to look for or read information, information not readily available and inadequate library services and sources.

Key words: Media professionals, newspaper journalists, Information services, Information needs, Information seeking behavior, media practitioners, print journalists.