Print Media Registration Process

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Print Media Registration Process
28 Oct 2021
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This blog is to inform you about the registration process of print media components such as newspapers and magazines. The blog is particularly written to explain the process of registration in brief. #ThinkWithNiche

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The Registrar of the Newspapers of India (RNI) registers all publications, such as newspapers and magazines in India in accordance with the provisions of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867. RNI was established in 1956 on the recommendations of the First Press Commission, and all periodicals in the country are mandated to register themselves with RNI before they start publishing. RNI maintains a Register of Newspapers containing particulars of all newspapers. It also issues a Certificate of Registration to the newspapers. RNI works with District Magistrates to keep them informed about available titles.

Print Media Registration Process

There are two steps involved in the Print Media Registration Process :

a. Verification of Title

b. Registration of Title

Title Verification

The first step is to get the title verified and approved. The application form for title verification is available online on the RNI website. The publisher needs to apply for a title to the RNI with the following details:

a. Name of the paper/magazine

b. Name of the owner

c. Language in which the publication will be circulated

d. Periodicity of the publication (daily, weekly, monthly, etc)

e. Area of publication of that journal

The application form is submitted to the District Magistrate’s office, which verifies the credentials of the applicant. Once the RNI notifies the availability of the verified title, the title becomes available for registration. A list of all registered titles is also available on the RNI website. Once a title is verified, it is allotted to the applicant for a maximum period of two years. A validated title becomes blocked after two years if it is not registered, and the documentation must be presented again. A title can also be double-checked for publication in many languages.

Title Registration

To get the title registered, the publisher needs to fill up the declaration form and submit it to the District Magistrate’s office. Along with the declaration, the first printed copy of the first issue, bearing Volume 1 and Issue 1, and a letter of agreement between the publisher and the printer also needs to be submitted. Any request pertaining to the change in periodicity and/or adding or dropping any language of publication also needs to be made at the stage of title registration. Once the declaration form is submitted, it is mandatory for the publisher to publish the first issue of the paper within 42 days in case of dailies and weeklies. However, in the case of a journal with higher periodicity, they get 90 days to publish the first issue. The newspaper is allowed to change ownership after submitting an affidavit for the same to the District Magistrate’s office.

Imprint Line requirements

Imprint Line is the mandatory information published by every newspaper under the Press and Registration of Books Act. The information includes the following: name of the editor, name of the printer, name of the publisher, and address/location of the press. Some newspapers also add the registration number, volume, and issue number of the publication in the imprint line. The editor whose name is carried in the imprint line, is responsible, under law, for all the content published in the publication.