The Daily Star is the leading English newspaper of Bangladesh updating 24/7 with breaking, political, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyle and crime
The Daily Star established its place in the media scene of Bangladesh on January 14, 1991. It started its journey with a sense of challenge and a feeling of humility to serve this nation as a truly independent newspaper. The newspaper made its debt at a historic time when, with the fall of an autocratic regime, the country was well set to begin a new era towards establishing a democratic system of government which eluded Bangladesh for too long.
The Daily Star carries on with the long-term responsibility is to strengthen public opinion on how the democratic system should work and how to sustain and nurture democratic norms effectively.
It was a privilege for The Daily Star to be part of a changing scene after the fall of military autocrat in early 1990s. With that privilege came an enormous responsibility of upholding the duties of a free press. The newspaper is proud to pursue that policy without relenting for the past 15 years.
The uniqueness of The Daily Star lies in its non-partisan position, in the freedom it enjoys from any influence of political parties or vested groups. Its strength is in taking position of neutrality in conflicts between good and evil, justice and injustice, right and wrong, regardless of positions held by any group or alliance. The paper believes to report events objectively, as it is, and without any fear and favour. It is committed to serve the people. That’s why people — whether in power or in opposition — respect The Daily Star.
The Daily Star advocates rule of law, human rights, gender issues, national interests, press freedom, transparency and accountability of people in the administration and in the world of trade and industry on which the newspaper has never compromised whatever the costs. No political powers can take it for granted and no-one is given cause to doubt its fairness.
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COMMITMENT
Being well aware of its social responsibilities and duties, the newspaper works to ensure human rights to all, remove gender discrimination, advocate rule of law, press freedom, transparency and accountability in the administration and in the world of trade and industry and above all to uphold national interests. While working for these ends, The Daily Star always maintains utmost sincerity and accountability to serve the nation the way it is bound by its norms and values.
Besides running news reports on these issues, The Daily Star carries special reports, human-interest stories, features, articles and essays written by its staffs and other professionals and talents from across the country and abroad.
During different national crises, the newspaper played an important role to solve those to stop people’s sufferings. As it remain alert of its social duties, The Daily Star frequently organises roundtables, seminars and discussions on the issues. It also works closely with the civil society for this end.
To promote young talents, The Daily Star organises debates and different competitions at school and college-levels and awards those who show excellence in different fields.
The newspaper is run a Board of Directors comprising six members. Head of the body is called Chairman while other members Directors. Presently a woman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors only deals with income and investment of the newspaper but have nothing to do with policymaking.
The responsibility of policymaking lies with the Editor who is also one of the Directors.
Most meetings of the Board of Directors are held at Conference Room of the newspaper housed in a four-storied building at Karwan Bazar in the capital, Dhaka.
The Editor who is also the Publisher of the newspaper leads the news, reporting and editorial units. He is assisted by an associate editor and assistant editors.
An editorial board comprising the associate editor and assistant editors are responsible for writing editorials under the supervision of the Editor.
The associate editor is responsible for assisting the Editor in leading the all the units and works as acting editor in absence of the Editor. The assistant editors are responsible for writing editorials in line with the instruction of the Editor.
They also write and collect post-editorials from other writers and looks after the editorial and post-editorial pages. It is also their responsibility to look after the features and articles and make-up the pages.
The management of the newspaper is headed by the Managing Editor. He is responsible for supervising the whole management including the accounts, production, store and establishment units.
Meantime, the Establishment is responsible for all establishment affairs including human resources development and administrative works. An Establishment Manager is the head of the department and works under the supervision of the managing editor.
The Finance Manager heads the finance and accounts sections. The Circulation Manager is responsible for all circulation of the newspaper across the country and for taking necessary steps to increase circulation. Advertisement Manager heads the advertisement section and is responsible for managing advertisements.
The chief reporter is responsible for supervising the whole reporting team, the key unit of the newspaper. He assigns reporters for covering events and writing special reports and receives reports from the correspondents working across the country. After getting the reports, he forwards those to the news editors.
There are two chief reporters in The Daily Star, one responsible for current affairs and another for specials affairs.
Chief News Editor heads the news section that comprise of news editors and sub-editors. Besides two news editors and a joint news editor, there are several sub-editors. The News Editors are responsible for page make-up. They also write headlines of the reports.
The sub-editors edit the reports and submit to the news editors. The news editors later send the reports for revision to Revision Editor.
There is also a City Editor in The Daily Star who coordinates all the events that take place in the city. He also supervises reporters who cover special events and coordinates the staff who work with bringing out special pages on different occasions.
Meantime, there are rewrite men and translators in the newspaper to develop copies.
DECISION MAKING PRACTICES
The newspaper is run according to a policy composed in line with its objective and values. The policymakers take the decisions. Besides the editorial board, the managing editor, news editors and chief reporters also play important role in decision-making.
Crucial decisions also come from the weekly meeting of reporters and sub-editors.
CAPACITIES OF STAFF MEMBERS
There are several sections in the newspaper — News, Reporting, Sports, Business, Editorial, Metropolitan, National Page, Star Weekend Magazine, Law and Our Rights, Lifestyle, Culture, Online, Establishment, Circulation, Advertisement, Computer Operator and Reading Section.
Total of 280 staff are now working in these sections. Of them, 40 are female staff.
Of the 16 sections, Magazine, Law and Our Rights, Life Style, Culture, and Computer Section are headed by women staffs. Besides, a number of women are working in different policy making positions of these sections.
CONTEXT OF ORGANISATION’S WORK
Staffs of the newspaper work in different shifts on the basis of the kind of their job. Although the staff of the administration, establishment and finance units work from morning to the afternoon, other units like reporting, news, editorial, graphics and production work in the night.
Although the staff of administrative unit, establishment section and some other sections have to do a 9:00am-5:00pm office like service-holders at other organisations, many staffs have to stay in the office till 2:00 in the night.
In fact, there is no specific working hour for the reporters as they have to rush to any corner of the country to cover the events. After most of the reporters leave office by 10:00pm, some reporters have to work for the city edition.
The news editors and sub-editors who work for the first edition have to work at least till 11:00pm while those who work for city edition can leave office after 2:00 in the night. Those who work in graphics section also follow the same schedule.
While most of the sections excepting reporting, news, editorial, reading, star city, graphics and production enjoy weekly holiday on Friday, staffs of these sections get their day-off on different days of the week.
The newspaper offers a very healthy working environment to its staff as it thinks a good working environment is the prerequisite of better output. The Daily Star concentrates on improving inter-personal relationship among its staffs and holds different programmes for this end.
Besides founding anniversary, the newspaper holds annual cultural programme where its staffs join with their families and get to know each other better. Read more, http://www.thedailystar.net/about-us
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