The careers of many journalists of Durganath Sharma‘s generation spanned the technology transition. We started out as reporters in the age of cold type and letter press, graduated to Linotype, then in the 1980s came photocomposition and offset printing, after that we got rid of film and went straight from computer to plate, and now there are digital presses.
Us reporters filed our stories by postal mail, dictated them on landline phones, telex machines, fax, dialup, and finally email and internet apps. We saw our stories being laid out with photographs in zinc blocks.
Durganath Sharma, who died at age 72 on Wednesday in Kathmandu, was a celebrated and celebrity television journalist. But he started out in Gorkhapatra in the age of the letter press. He went on to the broadcast studio and his “Yo Radio Nepal ho. Aba Durganath Sharma bata samachar sunnuhos” was the most recognised voice across Nepal as he read the morning news on the short and medium wave bands.