28 March 2010

Articles lack creativity

Those who follow Rangasala Blog know that I have been quite complimentary of Nepali Sports Journalists lately. There have been a host of wonderful human interest sports stories in the press recently. The latest is a fantastic article by Pratichya Dulal.

However one thing Nepali sports pieces sorely lack is wit and creativity. Reading Nepali sports articles is the equivalent of swallowing sleeping pills. We hardly ever see the headlines, nicknames, drama and humor that makes reading British and American sports articles so enjoyable. Sports editors and journalist in Nepal really need to add some masala to their work - create interesting storylines, develop an aura around athletes, give readers a reason to smile.

I give credit to Bikram Thapa, the editor of Goalnepal.com, as his website is one of the few media outlets that lets loose. From silly phrases ("Lemon Break", "Peep!", "Smell a Rat"),  to quirky lines ("600 seconds gone in the match"), to witty nicknames (APF=Gunners, NRT=Road Runners), Goalnepal.com is an entertaining destination. Other publications need to follow suit.


  1. I agree, but there needs to be some concent amongst the journos on this. In fact, a meeting (specially amongst English scribe) can decide the nicknames to be used by English media, it will be very interesting. Zoo Tamers, Road Runners, the one for Machhindra are good. But if a brainstorming session is organized than everyone will have their words!!!! I know its not the way, but can do this in this way. - Lemon Break

  2. lemon break - beside nicknames, we need better headlines, witty metaphors ("ANFA did a bigger U-turn then a speeding bus on Ringroad...", etc.

  3. The present breed of Nepali sports journalists are young, vibrant and ambitious. If I am not wrong a majority of them have taken to sports journalism out of sheer interest, and are in the process of learning.
    Unquestionably,they are making every bit of their effort to master the art of effective writing.
    By any stretch of imagination, sports reporting is not simple and easy. To put in words any event be it live action or features, requires a whole lot of creativity,imagination and coupled with jargon play.
    It's matter of time, our scribes will certainly show more substance and depth in their write-ups.