Monthly Archives: May 2007

‘Job-hopping is crucial to maintaining passion’

Guy Kawasaki has extracted the nine biggest workplace myths from Penelope Trunk, author of the Brazen Careerist, and some of them may well be applicable to media houses, persons, and organisations: Myth 1: You’ll be happier if you’ve a job you like Myth 2: Job-hopping will hurt you Myth 3: The glass ceiling still exists…

Is this man the new media mogul of India?

He began his career as an ordinary newsreader on the State-controlled All India Radio and Doordarshan television channel. But is this man the unsung hero of Indian media? A real visionary who saw the television explosion before any of his peers and compatriots with decades and centuries of journalism in their blood could? We are…

‘Criticism should not be a democratic activity’

Circulation, revenue and imagination-challenged newspapers and magazines are turning their publications into playgrounds for readers. Reader generated text, photographs and video, polls, blogs, talkbacks, social networking are all being added and heralded as the possible manna from user-generated heaven. Short of setting her own crossword clues, the reader can do just about anything. All this…

The slow but sure death of editorial cartoonists

On days when his health doesn’t permit him to draw, The Times of India is only too glad to republish R.K. Laxman from the archives. The redesign of The Hindu saw Keshav being moved out permanently off the front pages into the edit page. Unny appears on page one of the Indian Express in the…

Seven pieces of wisdom from Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, the legendary former executive editor of The Washington Post, received the Columbia Journalism Award at the Graduate School of Journalism on May 16. The loquacious, legs-always-on-top-of-the-table editor who presided over the coverage of the Watergate scandal dropped these nuggets of wisdom before the graduating class of 2007: # Have a good time in…

N. Ram’s daughter, Vidya, tops Columbia

Vidya Ram, the 27-year-old daughter of N. Ram, the editor-in-chief of The Hindu, has been designated the top student in the Class of 2007 of the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. Vidya topped the list of 28 honours studnts in the school’s Master of Studies (MS) programme. She was also awarded…

A history magazine enters the past tense

It has been around for more than 50 years. It sells more than 350,000 copies. And its readers are smart enough to argue the causes of the Civil War or tell an author that the M-1 rifle, not M-16, was used in World War II. Still, the American Heritage is to be shut down. Or,…

Jefferson Fellowships at East-West Center

PRESS RELEASE: The East-West Center is accepting applications for the Fall 2007 Jefferson Fellowships, which provide three weeks of professional dialogue, study and travel for 12-14 print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands. The program will take place September 30-October 21. It will begin at the East-West Center in…

Surveys are one of the major causes of stress

In an analysis on the “Level of stress in the workplace,” the Associated Chambers of Commence and Industry of India (Assocham) says the media is the sixth most stressful job. “Electronic and print media have emerged as an attractive destination for mass communication graduates. Employees of various TV channels and leading newspapers such as reporters,…

Arundhati Roy on media and communalism

Booker Prize winning author and activist Arundhati Roy is to take part in a national seminar on “Media and Communalism” to be held in Mangalore on Saturday, May 19. The seminar will bring up the rear on a two-day workshop on the same subject aimed at focusing “the need for the media to promote communal…

Journalism is mostly about getting it right

What did our journalists and newspapers and magazines and TV channels say before and during the Uttar Pradesh elections, and how much of what they said came true or didn’t? What did they say of the cricket World Cup, and how much of it came true or didn’t? No one knows, or at least no…

Outsourced ‘journalism’ suffers a welcome blow

Press Trust of India is reporting that a California website that created a sensation by hiring two Indian journalists based in Bombay and Bangalore to report on Pasadena city has decided to shelve its plan. Editor and publisher James Macpherson says the move to nix outsourced local journalism follows the negative “attention that we received”.…

‘A dream is what does not let you sleep’

[podtech content=http://media1.podtech.net/media/2007/05/PID_011204/Podtech_dream.flv&postURL=http://www.podtech.net/home/1938-media/2991/what-do-you-dream-about&totalTime=108000&breadcrumb=6c87d3ab-93a1-4574-bb6a-91fa8e644ec4] Martin Luther King had a dream. Do you, as a journalist? What is it about? Whatever it is, Loren Feldman hopes that it is not just about money. As the Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam put it so well: “A dream is not what you see in sleep. A dream is what does…

Not a quill dipping into an almost empty bottle

Different professions have different emblems. Lawyers have the blindfolded lady carrying weighing scales. Doctors have the staff with two snakes. And so on. What could be an ideal symbol/motif/model for journalists and journalism? Something, say, which could be used next to our “Press” stickers? In Letters to a Young Journalist (Basic Books, 2006), Samuel G.…