With the launch of district editions by the Telugu dailies, there has been a
virtual explosion in the dissemination of news from the rural areas of Andhra
Pradesh. For the first time in recent years, rural correspondents, called
“Stringers”, “Contributors” or “Part-time Correspondents”
emerged on the scene of journalism in the
state, because the Telugu Newspapers recruited them at Mandal level i.e., a
cluster of 15 to 20 villages. About 8000 such correspondents are working for
various newspapers in 1996. Most of these correspondents did not have any
professional background of journalism.
Some of them were self-taught and picked up the
threads of journalism in short time, while a large majority of them required a
little help by way of professional advise and guidance. There was need to
provide them access to professional inputs on various topics of journalism,
such as the Law of libel, the law relating to the privileges of the members of
Assembly and Parliament, the concept of Code of Ethics in journalism etc. It
was with this need in view that the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists
(APUWJ) proposed setting up of a Press Academy of Andhra Pradesh at its annual
conference in Suryapet of Nalgonda district in the year 1992, a demand readily
conceded by the then Chief Minister Sri N. Janardhan Reddy.
The Governing Council of the Press Academy of
Andhra Pradesh was constituted by the Government vide G.O.Ms.No.67 General
Administration (I&PR) Department., Dated 24-02-1996.