Kerala’s stringers lived a hard life. The pandemic made it worse -Jishnu D
The local reporters put their lives at risk covering the pandemic, yet they are made to work for meagre wages and without much organisational support.
“I tested positive twice and was quarantined for almost 50 days in the past year,” said a stringer working for a Malayalam television channel headquartered in Kerala’s Idukki. “Since I report on the pandemic, my work requires me to be in places where infection levels are high. Far from getting support from my organisation or government, my payments were delayed and my remuneration cut.”
Stringers in Kerala tell similar stories, which they share with stringers across India. “Stringer” is a catch-all word for journalists employed on a semi-regular basis to report from regions where media houses often do not have bureaux or full-time correspondents.
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Newslaundry.com, 10 September, 2021, https://www.newslaundry.com/2021/09/10/keralas-stringers-lived-a-hard-life-the-pandemic-made-it-worse?fbclid=IwAR3CZjn9RGD9pQx33isQVCSfq85z8dzot3z8gx7Y25ekFl7Dc-Q7MJ0RCNg