Monthly Archives: June 2007

All the questions you didn’t know who to ask

What is news? How is the digital age influencing newspapers? Can free papers be quality newspapers? Will a freebie a day keep other papers at bay? What print can learn from web design? How should newsrooms be designed for the digital age? Questions (and answers) from the 14th World Editors’ Forum.

And which part of Africa do you come from?

There are special issues of magazines, and then there are special issues of magazines. But has any recent special issue of any magazine, anywhere, been as ambitious, as big, and as compelling as the Vanity Fair special section on Africa? Having U2’s Bono as a guest editor may be a small concession to celebritydom, but…

SIR MARK TULLY: 7 habits of effective journalists

The BBC’s iconic voice (and face) of India, Sir Mark Tully, was in Bangalore on Wednesday to deliver the convocation address of the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM). In this exclusive churumuri.com video, Sir Mark talks of the traits and habits that distinguish good journalists from very good ones. Cross-posted on churumuri…

A new magazine on the stands: Urban Voice

SUNIL K. POOLANI writes: This is to inform you that the literary magazine that we were planning, Urban Voice, is just out. The first issue has contributions from: O.V. Vijayan, Anand Patwardhan, Ramachandra Guha, Derek Bose, Robert McCrum, Shashi Tharoor, Margo Hammond, George Orwell, Anil Nair, Suma Josson, Zainab Kakal, Deepa Agarwal, Meena Kandasamy, Sudeep…

UPDATED: the nine new rules of journalism

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press has come up with the nine rules of modern journalism. Some of them may not apply in the Indian context, but overall, it’s pretty accurate, if not funny. 1. Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted; then, after the afflicted become comfortable, afflict them again. This should provide…

How open and accountable is your organisation?

The media is forever expecting and exhorting various arms of the government, business and industry, and even individuals in some cases to perform better, show greater transparency, to open themselves up to scrutiny, etc. But how do news outlets perform on these fronts? The International Center for Media and Public Agenda (ICMPA) conducted a survey…

Why did Shilpa Shetty row evoke such a reaction?

The racial bullying of Bollywood siren Shilpa Shetty at the hands of Jane Goody and her artless associates on Big Brother drew sharp reactions in India. There were angry street demonstrations in Patna. Union ministers were quick to register their protest. And when Britain’s prime minister to be, Gordon Brown, visited Bangalore, the story surfaced…

‘Our big papers don’t use their power properly’

Reviewing Martha Nussbaum‘s new book The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future in the New York Review of Books, the author Pankaj Mishra argues that the Indian media have “concocted a world —all statistical evidence to the contrary—which have helped India’s elite to withdraw from the social and political complications of the country…

Is video-conferencing the next big media thing?

The first phase of the internet ushered in an asynchronous media sphere—emails, blogs, vlogs (video blogs)—where the information was stored and retrieved at a later stage, and was mostly two-way. But in internet2, are we heading to a more synchronous regime—like phones and instant messengers—where communication will be instant, interactive, and multiple-user? Yes, says Eric…

From the embers of war, a creative fire was lit

Sixty years, today, June 6, as World War II was veering to an end, one of the world’s great photo syndication agencies was born. Four friends, all major photojournalists themselves—Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, and George Rodger—decided to form a photo coperative. They called it Magnum Photos. Read the full story: Magnum Opus View…

‘Do not turn journalism into entertainment’

The dumbing down of the news—the McDonalds-ification and the Murodch-isation of the media—to appeal to the lowest common denominator, in the mad rash for numbers, has been the pavlovian response of publishers and editors to readership and advertising declines. But the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has served a timely warning. Making journalism interesting may…

Because if you give some, you must take some

Journalism professors will always tell you to keep your cool. But it’s easier said than kept. Many of the funniest and the most cringe-worthy clips on YouTube seem to feature media personalities being punched, duped or just making idiots of themselves, says Jonathan Brown in today’s Independent, London. *** “EXCUSE ME, MR LEVIN”  Exhibit A:…