Monthly Archives: February 2007

Those who chase the right birds and bees

G.N. MOHAN forwards an illustration of Shivaram Pailoor of All India Radio, Dharwad, drawn by Prakash Shetty, formerly of The Week, and reproduced in CAAM News, the in-house publication of the Centre for Alternative Agriculture Media. An Indian Information Service officer, Pailoor has edited a journal on beekeeping, a journal on spices, and has been…

News University Fellowship for students

HOWARD FINBERG, Interactive Learning Director, The Poynter Institute, writes: We have a unique and very special opportunity for one of your students. It’s the News University Fellowship. This is a yearlong paid position at The Poynter Institute to help create interactive programs and online materials for NewsU. In addition to learning new skills and experience,…

Why it’s risky to post a card at Ramoji Film City

G.N. MOHAN, news coordinator, Eenadu Television, sends us a picture shot by him of one of the “items” dotting the landscape of the sprawling Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. The film city, a one-stop shop for movie makers and one of the world’s largest, is replete with faux objects and architecture like these. The writer…

PREM PANICKER: Nine steps to editorial nirvana

Shashi Tharoor, among others, have called him India’s finest cricket writer. Millions have followed his acid wit and lucid prose across continents. Now, in a sans serif exclusive, Prem Panicker, editor, rediff.com, shares the secret of his writing skills. “Simple—define your story. Examine the brief, question it, walk around it and see it from different…

Sun TV’s new jets: Whose father what goes

Sambhar Mafia has a very pertinent post on the profligacy of Kalanidhi Maran‘s Sun group. The group floated an IPO last year with the ostensible aim to  launch new channels, build new studios, etc, in the process turning Maran into the Forbes billionaires list. But the purchase of two Bombarbier corporate jets for Rs 237…

The rise and fall of a great Mexican paper

The death of Mexican journalist Jose Manuel Nava, a week after he published a book very critical of President Vincente Fox and some members of Mexico’s business elite, paved the way for the collapse and closure of the South American’s country’s most famous newspaper, El Excelsior. Michael Werbowski has the full story on OMNI. Read…

Latin Salsa hip-hop for Bangalore journos?

PRESS RELEASE: The US Consulate has organised a concert by a Grammy winning Latin Salsa hip-hop music group called OZOMATLI at the Ambedkar Bhavan on Millers Road, Bangalore, on February 19. Entry is free. Seating is on first come, first served basis. Passes are available at the WorldSpace Lounge at Forum Mall; American Corner, Bharatiya…

New editor for Deccan Herald: K.N. Tilak Kumar

There will be a new name in the imprintline of Deccan Herald and Praja Vani from tomorrow: that of K.N. Tilak Kumar. The middle brother in the Netkalappa family will replace younger brother K.N. Shanth Kumar, who had taken over from the eldest brother, K.N. Hari Kumar, five years ago. A possible change of guard…

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO KOSAMBARI

sans serif cordially invites you to visit its brother-blog kosambari, a blog that seeks to capture, chronicle and celebrate the beauty of South Indian vegetarian food, as sampled in homes, hotels and everywhere else in between. On kosambari, you will find quaint lore, quirky opinions, quintessential recipes and more, much of which is going the…

Can movie critics be sued for a bad review?

A Belfast restaurant owner has successfully sued an Irish newspaper that gave his joint one star out of five—and criticised the food, drink, staff, and the cigarette smoke. Ciaran Convery has won 25,000 pounds after he charged the Irish News of defaming Goodfellas. Is this the shape of things to come? Is there no such…

Front pages from around the world

We have already alerted serious journalists to its existence before, but Nikhil Moro once again reminds us of the Newseum‘s daily-updated web page with front pages of hundreds of front pages from around the world. Don’t worry if you forget after a couple of days. There’s a helpful link Today’s Front Pages in the blogroll…

Can we really trust “Citizen Journalism”?

Citizen Journalism has become a buzzword. Correction, the buzzword. The mainstream media see it as a lifeboat to rescue plunging circulation and diminishing interest. Newspapers, television channels and, increasingly, even news agencies are taking to it with fervour and ferocity. The success of websites like ohmynews.com, encyclopaedias like wikipedia.org are all seen as validation of…

When the sub-inspector eyed Rukmani

The sensational story of the NASA astronaut who attacked the girlfriend of another astronaut in a love triangle was broken by the Orlando Sentinel but the paper’s old-fashioned beat reporters used the power and immediacy of the internet. G V Krishnan recounts a similar scandal broken by the Indian Express in the late 1950s. Read…

What a picture can teach us on ends and means

T.S. SATYAN writes: Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan walks had caught the world’s imagination. Way back in 1959, I was assigned by Life magazine to photograph him for a pictorial essay. “Make sure you shoot only in available light and capture the serenity and beauty of the early-dawn march. In lantern light, mind you,” the photo editor…

‘Editors are like bartenders at your bar’

In the welter of doomsday theories on the future of newspapers, and the hype over citizen journalism and user-generated content, Jason Pontin of MIT Technology Review flings a small arrow of hope: “Editors still have a very important function and that role will only increase in importance. They will be like a bartender at your…

T.S. SATYAN on the elements of photography

If R.K. Narayan were a photographer, it can be safely said he would shoot pictures like his friend and townsman T.S. Satyan. Clean, simple, natural, uncomplicated pictures of ordinary people who populate our landscape. In the second of sans serif’s series, internationally renowned Satyan—the author of the much acclaimed Alive and Clicking—throws  light on the…

Columbia Journalism students coming

SREENATH SREENIVASAN, dean of students, Columbia Journalism School, New York City, writes: Professors Ari Goldman and Mannika Chopra are bringing 16 Columbia Journalism students on a religion reporting trip to northern India, March 8-19 (Delhi> Amritsar > Varanasi > Mumbai) and are hosting a reception in Mumbai (Saturday, March 17) . Columbia alumni and journalists…

Free online journalism training course

PRESS RELEASE: Would you like to be trained to be a journalist/researcher for free? India Media Lab, an organisation which trains media professionals, is inviting applications from those wishing to learn the skills of reporting and research. On offer is an internship program where applicants get a chance to develop “real-world portfolios” under the guidance…