Monthly Archives: May 2008

Should political journalists vote in an election?

Should journalists, especially political journalists, vote in an election? Are we revealing our political bias by marking our choice which we then expertly conceal when we write, edit, report? On the other hand, can journalists be hermits who reside outside the thickets of the socio-political jungle we claim to bring home to readers, viewers, listeners?…

Pinch yourself: ‘foreign hand’ is on the other foot

In pre-liberalisation socialist India, in the licence-quota-permit raj of Indira Gandhi, the “foreign hand” —shorthand for the United States—was always blamed for every ill on our soil. Look, who’s complaining about whom now. George W. Bush and Condoleeza Rice are blaming growing prosperity in India and China for the global food crisis. And the White…

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

That’s French for the more things change the more they remain. We think we are going through an amazing boom, but Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was saying the same in 1957. We think it is only now that the need to attract younger readers has become imperative, but the Daily Mirror was issuing television commercials aimed…

Vinod Mehta: Seven rules for young journalists

Vinod Mehta, editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine, delivered the convocation address at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM) in Bangalore on 3 May 2008, and laid out the ground rules for the graduating Class of 2008. 1) Be a professional journalist: Have a sense of mission and be proud to say your a…

Anybody here with an open mind & reads English?

Palagummi Sainath has been the stalwart correspondent of our times. In an era of “feel-good” journalism, the Hindu‘s rural affairs editor has an been unapologetic harbinger of drought, disease, despair and death from parts of Bharat that the Indian mass media can’t reach, won’t reach, and no longer wants to reach. At the same time,…

Twenty20 : cricket :: Page 3 : journalism

Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN: “Twenty20 is to cricket what Page 3 is to journalism: fast, exciting, but also, often vacuous and titillating. Test cricket is a bit like the editorial page: serious, but at times, somnolent. If page three and page one can co-exist, why can’t 20-20 cricket live with the other forms of the…

Who we are, who we aren’t and shouldn’t be

Salil Tripathi takes on P. Sainath in today’s Mint: “A journalist is supposed to be good at observing facts, reporting them accurately and objectively, and telling stories. A journalist is not a post-trauma counsellor, therapist, medical assistant, or someone who can compensate victims financially or represent them legally. “Accepting this circumscribed role requires humility: Journalists…