Monthly Archives: December 2010

‘Complacent US media can learn from India’

S. Mitra Kalita, the US-born Indian-American who did a two-year stint at the business daily Mint before returning to the Wall Street Journal, has just done a book on her Indian experience, titled My Two Indias. In an interview with Aseem Chhabra of India Abroad, the “daughter of Assam”, shares her thoughts on Indian journalism:…

Pallava Bagla bags ‘Oscar’ of science journalism

Noted science journalist Pallava Bagla has become the first Indian to bag the David Perlman award for excellence in science journalism, given out annually by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award, described as the “Oscars of earth and climate science”, was presented to Bagla (in picture, right) at a gala event held in San…

‘Outlook’ journo bags prize for using RTI for story

Saikat Datta, an assistant editor at the newsweekly magazine Outlook*, has bagged the National RTI Award 2010 for his expose of the Rs 2,500 crore rice scam using the Right to Information (RTI). Four others were also named for the award by a jury which included the former chief justice of India J.S. Verma, former…

It’s official: Prabhu Chawla out of India Today

Former India Today editor Prabhu Chawla‘s mysterious mass email to all contacts in his addressbook without announcing his next port of call: *** HI, This is to inform you that after 14 years in India Today, I am moving on. Next month, I will be joining an established multi-languages and multi-editions media organization. I will…

An open application to Prannoy Roy, c/o NDTV

Respected Dr Roy, I am writing to apply for the post of Group Editor, English News, NDTV. I am a journalist with 26 years’ experience. Throughout my career I have made innocent mistakes. I have been silly, I have been gullible and I have been prone to making errors of judgement. Frequently, when I am…

Just in case you have a view on ‘Paid News’…

A DAVP advertisement which appears in several newspapers today eliciting evidence on “paid news”. Also read: The paid news of India: guess who monetised first? Free, frank, fearless. No, grubby, greedy, gutless Editors Guild on paid news, private treaties The decentralisation of ‘paid-for’ news begins

CNN-IBN in row over “fake” Twitter comments

Every single media implosion in recent months—be it Barkha Dutt‘s response to criticism of her 26/11 coverage or her response to the Niira Radia tapes, or Rajdeep Sardesai‘s defence of Vir Sanghvi and Dutt as president of the editors’ guild—has only underlined how cut off old media is from the new and how it is…

China-India Friendship Award for Pallavi Aiyar

Pallavi Aiyar, the former Beijing correspondent of The Hindu, has been awarded the China-India Friendship Award by the Chinese government along with eight others. One another awardee, Karan Singh, declined to accept the award because as a parliamentarian, he “did not want to be seen as favouring any particular nation“. Pallavi, daughter of the veteran economist…

‘ET Wealth’ skirts ethical rekha from issue one

After bundling The Speaking Tree with The Times of India, the country’s biggest newspaper group has unveiled a new product that comes bundled with The Economic Times:  ET Wealth. The 48-page personal finance newspaper, in a Berliner format a la Bombay Mirror, is issued with ET on Mondays. It will be supplied free in the…

Journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

Journalistic tongues in Delhi have wagged unabashedly after finding the voices of Vir Sanghvi, Barkha Dutt and Prabhu Chawla in the Niira Radia tapes in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, but the first big piece of action seems to have come from Tamil Nadu in the deep south. The residence of A. Kamaraj, the associate…

Should Prabhu Chawla edit New Indian Express?

Editors, anchors, columnists, correspondents… tens of media personnel have been badly mauled in the eyes of news consumers, in the Niira Radia scandal. But do the proprietors and managers really care? Vir Sanghvi has suspended his weekly column in the Hindustan Times while merrily writing on food. The buck still stops at Barkha Dutt‘s table…

Barkha Dutt tarred by pure malice: Khushwant

Battered by one and all but one, Barkha Dutt, the NDTV anchor caught on tape in l’affaire Niira Radia, gets some much-needed support, but from the dirty old man of Indian journalism, her Hindustan Times co-columnist Khushwant Singh. But unlike the editors guild president Rajdeep Sardesai who blamed it on “envy”, Singh attributes it to…

Second editor of Indian origin for ‘Newsweek’

Tunku Varadarajan, the Indian-born, US-based writer-educator, has been named the new editor of Newsweek international, becoming the second journalist of Indian origin after Fareed Zakaria to hold the reins at the American magazine. Tunku broke the news through a tweet on Wednesday: “My news: Looks like I’ll be editing Newsweek International”. Born Patanjali Varadarajan, 48-year-old…

Why Ratan Tata hired Niira Radia’s services

In his open letter three days ago to Ratan Tata, the Rajya Sabha member with media interests, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, asked why a corporate house like the Tatas, “with its sterling character and reputation requires outside lobbyists to lobby on their behalf.” In his open letter to Chandrasekhar, Tata provides the answer on the woman whose…

Vishweshwar Bhat quits Vijaya Karnataka

Vishweshwar Bhat, the popular yet controversial editor of Vijaya Karnataka, the mass-circulation Kannada daily owned by The Times of India group, has resigned. Bhat’s decision was announced to his staff this afternoon after a meeting with ToI chief executive officer Ravi Dhariwal and chief marketing officer Rahul Kansal who had flown down to Bangalore. Bhat…

After the Radia tapes, the B. Raman letters!

The Barkha Dutt kerfuffle has sparked an amusing sideshow, featuring a quick-on-the-draw strategic affairs specialist and the editor of  a soon-to-be launched financial newspaper. B. Raman, a former additional secretary of Research & Analysis Wing, who currently heads the quaintly named “Institute For Topical Studies in Madras, wrote a 12-point defence of Barkha Dutt last…

Mint deputy editor bags Shakti Bhatt book prize

Samanth Subramanian, a deputy editor at the business daily Mint, has won the 2010 Shakti Bhatt First Book prize for his debut book, Following Fish. There were six books in this year’s shortlist but the three-member jury found Subramanian’s pursuit of fish curry round coastal India “a delightful read, adventurous and unabashedly fun”. “Subramanian brings…

How Dayanita Singh became a photographer

The renowned photographer Dayanita Singh in an interview with Nadine Kreisberger, in the Indian Express‘ Sunday magazine, Eye: “I was 18 and had gone to a Zakir Hussain concert. I was prevented from taking photographs by the organiser. I was angry and let Zakir know about it. He suggested I photograph him while he rehearsed…

Barkha Dutt breaks silence in NYT interview

For 15 days, as the media storm over the Niira Radia tapes raged around her, NDTV’s star-anchor Barkha Dutt opted to speak to the world through an official press release, an online essay, and a pre-recorded inquisition by print editors. Dutt declined to appear on a Karan Thapar show and in a Headlines Today debate,…