A wall newspaper is a hand-written or printed local newspaper that is pasted to a wall or a
notice board in public places. It is very popular in Nepal and India, particularly in places
where access to conventional newspapers is limited.
Wall newspapers are usually locally produced on large sheets of thick paper. They sometimes
incorporate illustrations and photographs as well as text. Wall newspapers feature local
information and news that is useful or interesting to the villagers. Some include space for
The main advantage of wall
newspapers is that they offer ‘a voice’
to the community. People have easy
access to the editor and local
journalists and this means people’s
stories and opinions can be
published, and the content is locally
relevant and interesting.
It can be produced in the
It is free to the reader
There are no high printing
and distribution costs.
Nepal Press Institute
Advantages of Wall Newspapers
How to Use Wall Newspapers
To produce a wall newspaper it is
Preparing a wall newspaper, Dharan, Eastern Nepal
necessary to identify or train local
people to become editors and
reporters. These people should be able to accurately represent the views of their community,
especially the most disadvantaged people whose views are seldom heard.
Determine the frequency of publication, the newspaper name, and the number of
copies to be produced.
Calculate the costs involved in production.
Consider presentation and layout - use simple language, large bold type and plenty of
images such as photographs and cartoons.
Collect local material for publication e.g. success / failure stories, ideas for local
development initiatives and local news and events.
Display the wall newspapers in locations where different community groups feel
welcome (this may differ between men, women and children or between castes)
Constraints of Wall Newspapers
The audience require some literacy.
Some journalism and editorial skills are required in production.
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Real Life Story
Thirty-five children, aged 10 to 15 were
given basic training in wall newspaper
production, and there are now 19 groups
in Dharan’s seven wards. The children
cover true stories of drug abuse, child
labour and many other children related
issues. The wall newspapers produced by
the children have proved to be very
successful in creating positive impacts in
Nepal Press Institute
Children Journalists for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights
A group of children in Dharan in Eastern Nepal is very much involved in producing wall
newspapers. The children are raising awareness concerning child rights issues as part of a
project involving Dharan Municipality, Sunsari Communication Development Centre and
"When I first wrote about a child who is
working as a servant I was badly scolded.
Four or five times we have been
chastised for writing such stories. We
once wrote a story called 'Abhishekh
cannot go to school' and now his parents
do send Abhishekh to school. We felt
very happy when he started going to
school. My confidence that newspapers
can change the attitudes of people has grown."
Somu Thapa, 'Bal Awaj', Dharan
Girl in Dharan displays a wall newspaper
Real life story edited from a Nepal Press Institute workshop report for UNICEF- April 1998
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