Monthly Archives: November 2007

More things change, more they remain the same

From The Hindu, 10 November 1957: Inaugurating the 13th annual session of the All-India Newspaper Editors’ Conference in New Delhi on November 8, Prime Minister Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru outlined what he thought should be the approach of Indian newspapers which were now “on the verge of a vast increase in circulation,” consequent on the spread…

If you’re so smart, Attributor, let’s hear from you

To “test”—(**wink, wink**)—a new technology that allows newspapers to track their content across the net, “sans serif” is pleased to run this report from The New York Times on a new technology that allows newspapers to track their content across the net, in full. *** By RICHARD PEREZ-PENA Copyrighted work like a news article or…

A lot can happen over coffee. Like a war, maybe.

Coffee and newspapers have a far closer relationship than we can imagine. In the 18th century, people frequented coffee houses primarily to read “the papers”—for free. But, as a new four-volume book, “Eighteenth Century Coffee House Culture“, edited by Markman Ellis says, in 1728, the  relationship got a little too tempestuous. The coffee men protested…

‘Media is now part of a conspiracy of silence’

The latest sting operation by India’s Tehelka magazine that captured “mass murderers on national television saying how they killed, who they killed and who helped them kill” has resulted in a deafening silence all around. For starters, there has not been an inkling of action from the executive or the judiciary. Then the political parties…

Hard work never killed anybody, but it’s trying.

SAGGERE RAMASWAMY, editor of the photo syndication agency, Karnataka Photo News, forwards a set of self-explanatory pictures (source unknown) that show how difficult modern-day photography, especially sports photography, has become. There’s tonnes of equipment to lug along—multiple cameras, multiple lenses, multiple flashes, multiple setups—and then there is the jostling with the colleagues, the hours of…