Jagran Prakashan Ltd (JPL), an introduction

Jagran Prakashan Ltd (JPL) is prominent media and publishing group in India, which is known for its newspapers, journals, magazines, compact newspapers, Internet news, marketing solutions, and mobile VAS etc. Dainik Jagran is the flagship product of JPL, and it was started in 1942. It has survived some difficult times in history, when newspaper was not so popular among masses and cost of paper and printing was rising. Today, though the penetration has increased but the competition has also increased manifold.

Dainik Jagran, the flagship newspaper

Dainik Jagran has maintained its number one and number two positions in most of the regions of the Hindi belt. It’s a household name in U.P. and it’s the first thing people see in the morning in most of the households in Hindi speaking regions of North India. It has whopping stats associated with it as far as its readership is concerned. There are over 55 million readers of Dainik Jagran. It has been identified as the largest read daily newspaper of India by the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) in the previous 25 consecutive surveys. It has around 40 city editions, having presence in almost 11 states. It has earned the award for largest read daily in the world by some international associations.

Salaries at entry level

It offers some very good exposure to reporters, journalists, in-house workers, business development, IT experts and marketing people. But the salary at entry levels is dismally low. A reporter is offered anything from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh per annum, with the average package being Rs. 1.8 lakh per annum. There are many roles for the entry and mid level positions such as editor, writer, journalist, proof reader, and feature writer etc. Graphic designers, web developers, and digital publishing professionals are offered anything between Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum to Rs. 3.5 lakh per annum depending upon skills and experience.

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Employee feedback

Most of the employees have rated the company highly in terms of brand, culture and values, work life balance and career opportunities, but they have given it a low rating for management, salaries and other forms of compensations and benefits. They have however shown their willingness to recommend the company to a friend, according to glassdoor.com surveys.

Best packages in the industry

As far as job adverts for the position of “online marketing communications manager” were concerned, the compensation was shown as “negotiable and not a constraint for the right person.” It means that the company had a bit open-ended package for this position and it was determined according to merit and efficiency of the individual. Salaries for customer service and telemarketing profiles were also rated as the best in the industry. In most of the adverts, salary was not mentioned, which means the management was willing to negotiate it to hire the best talent.

Lowest as compared with other leading newspapers in India

However, when compared with other newspapers in India such as Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Times of India Group, and Deccan Chronicle, Dainik Jagran was at the lowest end, as far as salaries were concerned. People with around 8-10 years of experience as a project manager received a package of around Rs. 8 lakh per annum to Rs. 9 lakh per annum.