Monthly Archives: April 2009

Now, a kiss from Sikh widows, orphans, victims

Step aside, Muntadar al-Zeidi. Jarnail Singh is here. Singh, a journalist with the world’s largest selling newspaper Dainik Jagran hurled at shoe at India’s home minister, P. Chidambaram (in picture), at a media conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. And like with George W. Bush, the missile missed the intended target. While Dubya ducked in…

The Times of India’s Barack Obama moment

SHOBHA SARADA VISWANATHAN, in New Delhi, forwards a self-explanatory YouTube video of US President Barack Obama taking a question from Simrat Ghuman, a reporter from The Times of India‘s television channel, Times Now, at the G-20 summit in London, on Thursday. Notwithstanding the “exclusive”, the hilarious exchange opens up all the usual questions over the…

How Cisco helps China in internet censorship

It’s not just authoritarian governments that are preventing citizens and activists from accessing news and views that they would not like them to lay their eyes and ers on. Transnational corporations that supply the technology to make access possible in the first place are playing a hand, according to Al Jazeera‘s media show, The Listening…

Can design a newspaper’s fortunes? You bet.

Jacek Utko, a little-known newspaper designer whose redesigns not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%, at TED: “Design can change not just the product, but the workflow, the branding, everything in your company. It can even change you. Who’s responsible? Designers. Give power to designers.” Link via K.T. Vishnu Kumar

In a downturn, second mag launch in two days

India has a new weekly on the stands from today. Open, the much-awaited news and features magazine from the corporate house, RPG Enterprises, has launched with an opinion poll in Pakistan (which says 90% will join the army if there is an Indo-Pak war) as the cover story. Designed by Itu Chaudhuri Design, the 74-page…

Q: Do schools help make better journos? A: Yes

The newly launched magazine Careers360 has an interview with Professor Sreenath Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs, and professor, Columbia Journalism School: You were an established journalist when you had applied to Columbia. Do schools help in becoming better journalists? “I had 300 bylines when I had applied to Columbia University. Learning on-the-job is crucial, but…

How media misses the poll woods for the trees

RAJEEV RAO writes from Bangalore: Watching the coverage of the 2009 general elections the last few days, I am struck by how little coverage there is in the electronic media on any governance issue that really matters. It is all about alliances, breakups, hate speeches, Varun Gandhi, criminals, Sanjay Dutt, who will be prime minister,…