Monthly Archives: January 2007

When Nathuram Godse pulled the trigger

On this day in 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was cremated. Slate marks the anniversary with an extraordinary assemblage of pictures shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson, founder of the Magnum photo agency and the French man considered to be the founder of modern photojournalism. Click here to turn the photo album. Advertisements

You are only as old as you think you are

As a hard-nosed journalist who doesn’t believe anything until he sees it himself with his own eyes—several times over, if required—Eapen Panicker inspects the latest “video” doing the rounds with the same toothcomb he uses for the daily post-mortem. Our intrepid photographers (in alphabetical order) Ravindra Nayak C H and A Veeramani capture the moment…

How smoking kills worms in the stomach

Ryszard Kapuscinski, the legendary Polish foreign correspondent whom Gabriel Garcia Marquez called “the true master of journalism”, and who has just passed away at the age of 74, covered 27 coups and revolutions across the world. The Daily Telegraph, London, says his way of life and slim means took him close to the edge. He…

An encyclopaedia who no longer walks

M K VIDYARANYA writes: Karnataka’s seniormost journalist Y K Rajagopal, who passed away in his sleep last night after a glorious 60-year innings in journalism, was a walking encyclopaedia who had trained many journalists right from the days when he was the chief reporter of Deccan Herald in the early 1960s. A bachelor and a…

Where a legal eagle dares

It’s interview time for many Vijay Times staffers as rumours of the-end-of-the-world-as-they-knew-it hit the roof. And today it was the turn of senior reporter Vicky Nanjappa to present himself before the reigning triumvirate of The Last Post (Narender Pani‘s fantastic work of fiction on Deccan Herald). Mr Nanjappa, who thinks he is the cat of…

The simplest path to success

On Poynter, Sreenath Sreenivasan does his annual countdown of the most useful tips, web sites and columns for journalists and student journalists. Read the full article here. Also, check out the list of The Best 50 Life Hacks for Your Life, designed to help you be productive. Fourteen ideas to communicate ideas better, the 9…

All hail the cheap justices of the low court

The so-called crime serials on television, especially in Kannada, have become the byword in cheap, sensational, titillatory, voyeuristic yellow-journalism. Privacies are invaded, reputations are shreded, insinuations are hurled, blood and gore spilt with such stunning lack of taste and sensitivity that it boggles the mind. As the humourist Pranesh alias Gangavati Beechi puts it, “Naavu…

Oldest blogger is a little girl who grew up

The internet is such a magnificent thing that every week somebody or the other upstages somebody else as the world’s oldest blogger. A couple of weeks ago, it was Allan Loof@94. Now, it is Maria Amelia@95. In an interview with the world’s oldest citizen journalism Eric Shackle on the pioneering citjo site ohmynews.com, Maria, who…

‘Hi, I’m Art Buchwald and I just died’

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/6423973/view] Art Buchwald, the renowned American humourist, who passed away on Thursday, wrote a final column that he asked not be distributed until after he died. The piece was written on February 8 last year shortly after Buchwald decided to check into a hospice. He eventually left the hospice, of course, and resumed his syndicated…

‘If you want peace, prepare for war’

At a time when political correctnesses rages in our campuses, and everybody seems to smoke the collective peace pipe, Nobel laureate Professor Robert J Aumann‘s invocation of the Game Theory to explain why we need war is worth recounting again. “If you want peace, you have to increase the cost of going to war for…

Seminar on news agency journalism

KANCHAN KAUR writes: The Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media is organising a seminar on news agency journalism titled “Guarding the LoC around the World” on Monday, January 22, in Bangalore. LoC here standing not for Line of Control but line of credibility. The day-long seminar will be held at the Rotary House of…

What J-schools and students should do

Long time web journalist Howard Owens, director of digital publishing at Gatehouse Media Inc, has interesting advice for journalism schools and journalism students. “Students and faculty should just assume their future is online, and design curriculum and publication efforts accordingly—be even more dismissive of print than mainstream publications are right now.” Asked by the Innovations…

Newspapers are like old girlfriends

After rustling up 100,000 words on the state of the newspaper industry, Chicago Tribune‘s Charles M. Madigan says newspapers are like fondly remembered girlfriends. “They were lovely in their time. It would be unfair of you to disrespect them.” Read the full article here.

Arise, Dr Nikhil Moro

Sans Serif is pleased to announce that Nikhil Moro, Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, is now Dr Nikhil Moro. The Yadavagiri man (seen above with his 2000-05 PhD dissertation advisor Dr Thomas A Schwartz) received his Ph.D. degree at the autumn commencement of Ohio State University in the…

An open letter to the CEO of Prasar Bharti

TSEWANG RIGZIN writes from Leh *** Sir, may I take the liberty to approach you regarding the present state of the All India Radio, Leh. You may be aware that AIR Leh has been the only medium in Ladakh and people of Leh Ladakh have relied upon this radio station for years for news—especially Ladakh’s…

What happens when a monk meets a nun

Quick. Read the sentence below. “WITH GRATITUDE TO MY PARENTS, MOTHER TERESA AND THE POPE.” Did you find anything wrong with the sentence construction? If you pressed N, you are a heretic killer, a serial-comma killer. If you pressed Y, as William Strunk, E B White, and The Chicago Manual of Style suggest you do,…

TV serials are obviously all about numbers

# Is 1782 to the power of 12 plus 1841 to the power of 12 equal to 1922 to the power of 12? # What is the last digit when you calculate pi to 40,000 decimal places? # What is so remarkable about the numbers, 3370318 and 2716057? Seem like arcane questions. But, hang on,…