MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - Wage Board - Grouping of Working Journalists in Newspaper Establishments

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The recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards were accepted by the Government of India on 25th October, 2011 and notified vide S.O. no. 2532 (E) dated 11th November 2011 in the Gazette of India. A copy of the Order is reproduced below:

SCHEDULE – I.A
(Grouping of Working Journalists in Newspaper Establishments)

Group – 1A:       Editor

Group – 1:         Executive Editor, Resident Editor, Associate Editor, Joint Editor, Deputy Editor, and Chief News Coordinator or Chief News Editor.

Group – 2:         Chief of News Bureau, Assistant Editor, Leader Writer, News Editor, News Coordinator, Special Correspondent.

Group – 3:     Chief Reporter or Chief Correspondent, Chief Sub-Editor or Content Chief, Deputy or Assistant News Editor, Photo Editor, Sport Editors, Commercial Editor, Science Editor, Economic Editor,, Film Editor, Feature Editor, Magazine Editor, Cartoonist, Chief of Statistical or Research Division, Chief News Photographer; Chief Librarian; Chief Index Assistant; Chief Calligraphist; Chief Artist; Page designer, Principal Correspondent in State capital accredited to the State Government, Correspondent accredited to the Central Government other than a Special Correspondent and other sectional or batch heads, not placed in a higher category.

Group – 4:        Deputy Chief Sub-Editor or Senior Sub-Editor, Deputy Chief Reporter or Senior Reporter, Senior Correspondent, Deputy Page Designer; Senior Calligraphist; Senior or Deputy Chief Artist Senior Librarian, Senior Index Assistant; Senior Research Assistant, Senior Photographer.

Group – 5:        Sub-Editor, Reporter, Correspondent, News Photographer, Artist, Calligraphist including Katibs, Librarian, Index Assistant, Chief Proof Reader and Senior Planner / Senior Scanner Operator.

Group – 6:     Proof Reader including Advertisement Proof Reader Planner, Scanner / Scanner Operator, and all Working Journalists other than those mentioned under any other group unless placed higher by the establishment.

NOTE: (1) Any newspaper employee employed with any designation different from those enumerated in the schedules, but doing the same or similar nature of the job, of any group in the schedule, shall be deemed to be a working journalist in that group.

(2) All categories of employees mentioned in the schedule may or may not exist in every class of newspaper establishments.

   SCHEDULE – I.B
(Functional definitions – Working Journalists)

Group – 1A:

1. “Editor” means a person who directs and supervises the work of the editorial side of the Newspaper.

Group – 1:

2. “Executive Editor” means a person who assists in the editorial and production functions of a newspaper, whether or not he supervises the work of Resident Editor, Assistant Editor, etc.

3. “Resident Editor” means a person, who performs the functions of an Editor of a newspaper at a centre other than the one from which the newspaper is originally published or other than the headquarter of the newspaper establishment.

4. “Associate Editor” or “Joint Editor” or “Deputy Editor” means a person who generally assists the Editor in the performance of the work of the Editor.

5. “Chief News Coordinator” or “Chief News Editor” means a person, who coordinates as overall chief of all the news items to be published in the newspaper and supervises the work of the News Coordinators or News Editors.

Group – 2:

6. “Chief of News Bureau” means a person who supervises the work of the news bureau and assigns work to the Bureau members.

7. “Assistant Editor” means a person who regularly assists the Editors in the discharge of his duties generally in relation to review, opinions, comments or criticism.

8. “Leader Writer” means a person who regularly writes leaders and may also write other copy involving the review, comment or criticism.

9. “News Editor” or “News Coordinator” means a person who coordinates and supervises the work of the news department and is responsible for the news content of all the editions of a newspaper.

10. “Special Correspondent” means a person whose duties regularly include reporting and interpreting all news of Parliamentary, political and general importance as an accredited correspondent or other-wise at the headquarters of the Central Government or at a foreign centre or who regularly performs similar functions in more than one State or at any other place where he is assigned as such.

Group – 3

11. “Chief Reporter” or “Chief Correspondent” means a person who is in charge of all reporters/ Correspondents at a centre of publication, supervises their work and also regularly reports and interprets all news of legislative, political or general importance.

11A “Deputy or Assistant News Editor” means a person who assists the news editor in the discharge of his duties generally and/or is in charge of bringing out the city edition.

12. “Chief Sub-Editor or Content Chief” means a person who takes charge of a shift at the news desk, allocates and supervises the work of one or more sub-editors and is generally responsible for the determination of news space and the general display of news in the newspaper or in a particular edition or part of it.

13. “Sports Editors” means a person in charge of the sports section of a newspaper, deals with news and views on sports and allied activities, allocates and supervises the work of one or more reporters and of one or more sub-editors and is generally responsible for the determination of news space and the general display of sports news.

14. “Photo Editor” means in-charge of operating the photo service of the news agency and coordination of the service.

15. “Commercial Editor” means a person who deals with news and views bearing on commerce, finance, trade, industry and comments on them and allocates and supervises the work of one or more reporters.

16. “Economic Editor” means a person, who is in charge of bringing out the matters of the general economic importance of the newspaper and allocates and supervises the work of one or more reporters.

17. “Science Editor” means a person who deals with specialized news relating to science and technology, and is in charge of bringing out the Science service of the newspaper.

18. “Film Editor” means a person who deals with news and views bearing on films and stage and is in charge on specified column or page on stage and screen and supervises the work of one or more working journalists.

19. “Feature Editor” means a person who deals with features and is in charge of bringing out the Features Service of the news agency and supervises the work of one or more working journalists, reporter or correspondent engaged in these activities.

20. “Magazine Editor” means a person who deals with news and views bearing on literary or entertainment items of relevant news and thoughts and other connected subjects of literature is in-charge of specified columns or pages and two or more working journalists who supervise their work.

21. “Cartoonist” means a person who comments upon news and events through cartoons, caricatures or comic strips.

22. “Chief of Statistical or Research Division” means a person in charge of statistical or research division which deals with matters bearing on commerce, finance, trade and industry in a financial paper and supervises the work of one or more working journalists.

23. “Chief News Photographer” means a person who allocates and supervises the work of one or more news photographers.

24. “Chief Librarian” or “Chief Index Assistant” or “Chief Calligraphists” or “Chief Artist” means a person who supervises the work of one or more librarians, Index Assistants, Calligraphist and Artists respectively.

25. “Page designer” means a person who designs the contents of news items to be published on a city or subject-specific page or pages of a newspaper.

26. “Principal Correspondent” is Correspondent who is accredited to the State Government and Correspondent is a person accredited to the Central Government other than special Correspondent and other sectional or batch heads.

Group – 4:

27. “Deputy Chief Sub-Editor” or “Senior Sub-Editor” means a person who regularly assists the Chief Sub-Editor in the discharge of his duties and acts in his place in his absence.

28. “Deputy Chief Sub-Editor / Reporter” means a person who regularly assists the Chief Sub-Editor or Deputy Chief Sub-Editor or Senior Sub-Editor in the discharge of his duties.

29. “Deputy Chief Reporter” or “Senior Reporter” means a person who assists the Chief Reporter and acts in his place in his absence.

30. “Deputy Page Designer” means a person who designs the contents of news items to be published on a city or subject-specific page or pages of newspaper under the overall supervision of Chief Designer or Page Designer.

31. “Senior Correspondent” means a person other than special and principal correspondent and his duties and responsibilities would include the reporting on important news at any important centre other than the centre of publication and have put in service of not less than five years as correspondent or Reporter.

32. “Senior Photographer” or means a person, who has put in service of not less than five years in the photographic profession and as also assists the photo editor in carrying out duties and responsibilities in the field.

33. “Senior Calligraphist”, “Senior or Deputy Chief Artist” or “Senior or Deputy Chief Librarian”, “Senior Index Assistant”, and “Senior Research Assistant” means a person who assists the Chief Calligraphist, Chief Artist, Chief Librarian, Chief Index Assistant, and Chief of Statistics or Research Division as the case may be, and has put in service of not less than five years.

Group – 5

34. “Sub-Editor or Senior Reporter” means a person who receives, selects, shortens summarizers, elaborates, translates, edits and headlines news items of all descriptions and may do some or all of these functions.

35. “Reporter” means a person who gathers and presents news at a particular centre.

36. “Correspondent” means a person who gathers and dispatches by Email, website, wire, post or any other means, news from any centre other than the centre of publication.

37. “News Photographer” means a person who covers news events of public interest through photographs.

38. “Artist” means a person who prepares for publication drawing, layouts, maps, graphs or other similar embellishments, illustrations of any kind or of creative art. He may do some or all of these functions.

39. “Calligraphist” means an artist who performs journalistic work and also calligraphy matters.

40. “Librarian” or “Index Assistant” means a person who prepares and maintains records, relating to news and views which are used as background or fill out for current stories. Persons not performing any of these functions shall not be covered.

41. “Chief Proof Reader” means who allocates and supervises the work of one or more proofreaders and is in charge of a shift.

42. “Senior Planner” means a person who supervises the work of photo editing, colour editing and shadow editing undertaken by the Planner.

43. “Senior Scanner Operator” means a person who supervises the work of scanning of the photographs/colour advertisements/illustration etc. undertaken by Scanner/Scanner Operator.

Group – 6

44. “Proof Reader” means a person who checks up the printed matter of proof with Editor’s copy to ensure strict conformity of the former with the latter. Factual discrepancies, slips of spelling mistakes of grammar and syntax may also be discovered by him and he either corrects or gets them corrected.

45. “Planner” means a person who assists in the job to photo editing, colour editing and shadow editing so highlight any news matter given by the Editor.

46. “Scanner / Scanner Operator” means a person, who scans the photograph/colour advertisements/illustrations and colour correction of photographs and transparencies’.


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