Monthly Archives: March 2008

If print is dying, why did they have to build this?

It is the size of 23 football pitches. It is built with enough steel to build the Eiffel Tower twice over. Its 12 presses can roll out 86,000 copies every hour. It will eat up 330,000 tonnes of newsprint every year. Rupert Murdoch calls it a “printing cathedral”. Roy Greenslade calls it the most amazing…

What’s in a word? Don’t ask the poor ‘sod’

As if cricket’s byzantine “Laws” weren’t enough, the lexicon is becoming a potent weapon in the wars of words that have enveloped cricket in recent months. Down under, the use of labels like “monkey” and “obnoxious little weed” by rival players sent cricket correspondents scurrying to their dictionaries. Back home, the use of a three-letter…

Wanted: assistant director, researcher

A Bangalore-based documentary filmmaker is looking for an assistant director (AD) and a researcher for two films on issues of democracy and decentralisation to be produced over a period of 6 to 8 months beginning now. Assistant director: S/he is required to begin work right away on the first film. Work involves travelling within Karnataka.…

Yes, it’s true, the media maketh a man’s image

In Bangalore, there are reporters (not all cubs, mind you) who quiver at the prospect of a “H.D. Deve Gowda assignment”; so scared they are of the arched eyebrows, the permanent scowl, and the fulmination of the farmer. The newspapers are too polite to report it, but when he gets real irritated, the former prime…

‘Nationalism in place of cricket journalism’

India’s best-known sports writer, now a happy resident of Australia, has torn into the output of cricket correspondents covering the ill-tempered series down under. Rohit Brijnath, formerly of Sportsworld and India Today, writes on the BBC website: “Cricket is crying out for independent voices (and certainly for the well-crafted cricket piece). “Commentators who romance clich├ęs…

Is media having an impact on US prez poll?

The mainstream media—television networks, newspaper groups, radio houses, internet behemoths, sometimes all of them owned by the same corporation—like to believe that they play a vital role in deciding how the country is run. Wisened old political commentators, in India and the United States and everywhere in between, actually think that politicians wake up every…

‘Never let your head stoop as a journalist’

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: Mubhashar Jawed Akbar, the wordsmith who once cheekily suggested that Bombay should establish diplomatic relations with the rest of India, has been eased out of his position as editor-in-chief of a pioneering experiment in Indian journalism, The Asian Age. M.J. Akbar, as the world better knows him, was driving…

Don’t worry, be angry. Anonymously.

Angry about your boss? Angry about a colleague? Angry about a rival? Angry about the bathroom? Angry about the “systems guys”? Angry about the money? Angry about this piece? Angry about, well, just about anything? Fret not. Journalist Kiyoshi Martinez has just the solution for you.: angryjournalist.com, a “gripe bag” where you can get the…

One rule for Modi, another rule for Chidu?

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: Saturday afternoons don’t figure highly on the radar screens of TV channels. Because they are all in the “hills” smoking cigars, eating caviar, and calculating how much richer the soaring valuations have made them in the week gone by, channel heads all believe this is the time when the…