Category Archives: People

“To do more for less is the new normal”: Times Group says #COVID crisis needs a “start-up mindset”, as it announces 5-10% salary cuts, defers variable pay and increments

Below is the full text of the note by Sivakumar Sundaram, chairman, executive committee, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) *** Dear Colleagues, The last one month has been unprecedented in terms of the disruption it has caused in our personal and professional lives. I recognise it must be extremely stressful for all, worrying about…

Gulshan Ewing, pioneering magazine editor of ‘Eve’s Weekly’ and ‘Star & Style’ , passes away at 92

Indian Journalism Review records with regret the passing away of Gulshan Ewing, one of India’s earliest women editors, in London. She was 92 years old. Six days before her death in a care centre, Ms Ewing’s daughter had tweeted: *** Ms Ewing was editor of the society magazines Eve’s Weekly and Star & Style, both…

“Journalism and words will stay and survive. Censorship won’t. Memory will win”: Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani booked for “unlawful activities”

The Kashmiri journalist and broadcaster Gowhar Geelani has been booked for his “posts and writings prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India”. Below is his response. *** “Journalists and writers are storytellers. They tell people’s stories and explain the events in a proper context and historicity with an analytical sweep. “As a…

“All you need is a mobile phone and a computer to offer your content to the whole world”: Star-Disney boss Uday Shankar on why media will be a worthy career despite #Corona

In the short term, media appears to be a treacherous minefield to cross, for working professionals and wannabe journalists, as jobs and salaries shrink, and the workplace undergoes a metamorphosis. But in the medium to long term, once the COVID cloud passes over, is a career in the media still worth the effort? Yes, says…

“Preposterous, rank intimidation of a photographer whose pictures document the travails of Kashmiris”: Network for Women in India slams FIR on Masrat Zahra

Network for Women in Media India (NWMI) has condemned the FIR lodged against the award-winning photojournalist Masrat Zahra by the Cyber police, Srinagar, under provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR was lodged on April 18 against a Zahra for allegedly “uploading anti-national posts with criminal…

The company that virtually underwrites Indian journalism says it will protect jobs for 3 months. Are Indian media barons and baronesses listening?

Hindustan Unilever has, by far, been the biggest private advertiser in Indian media for a long time now. Print, television, radio or digital, Lever has been up there, underwriting a lot of journalism, some good, much of it awful. As Indian media houses use the COVID pandemic to play around with the lives and livelihood…

J-POD || Podcast || “Most big Hindi newspapers guilty of communalising #Coronavirus coverage…. Hindi media has stopped asking the simplest questions…. Plight of journalists worse than migrants”: ex-‘Jansatta’ editor Om Thanvi

  “Print media is in trouble because of #Coronavirus and it will get worse.” If there was any doubt about that dark foreboding, confirmation came from revenue-rich English publications which fired staff, trimmed salaries, shut editions and sought tax breaks even before the 21-day lockdown could end. But what of language media, especially the much…

Job cuts, salary squeezes, and shutdowns in #Coronavirus season violate due process and the law (and Narendra Modi’s call): Mumbai Press Club to media houses

Full text of Mumbai Press Club statement *** “The Mumbai Press Club is dismayed and shocked at the announcement of several media houses shutting operations, firing staff and announcing mid-stream and unilateral cuts in salaries of journalists and other employees. “Almost acting on cue, several of these media groups, citing restricted business operations and falling…

J-POD || A podcast on journalism || ex-Rediff and Yahoo editor Prem Panicker on what journalists facing an uncertain future due to #Coronavirus can try to do on the digital front

Indian journalists have been doing a heroic job of reporting the #Coronavirus pandemic even though it has thrown the print media sector into a massive tizzy. The “lockdown” has caused havoc to advertising, transportation and distribution of newspapers and magazines—and ignorance has spread the fear of contamination among the “educated”. Job losses and salary cuts…

156 stories, eight editorials, and five cartoons over 15 days: how ‘Dainik Jagran’ kept up the constant Islamophobic dog-whistling on ‘Tabhlighi Jamaat’, as if India would be free from #Coronavirus if only…

The communalisation of the #Coronavirus pandemic in the media, just when the humanitarian crisis sparked by Narendra Modi‘s imposition of the 21-day “lockdown” with a 4-hour notice on March 25 was taking shape, is much too much of a coincidence. As the sight and plight of thousands of migrants walking back home from the big cities…

J-POD || A podcast on journalism || Lockdown after lockdown. Gowhar Geelani on the double whammy suffered by Kashmir’s long-suffering journalists.

Indians are huffing and puffing, and pining for a return to normalcy, after just 15 days of the 21-day “lockdown” announced by the Narendra Modi government following the outbreak of #Coronavirus. But the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been there and done that. Exactly 250 days ago, today, the state was put in a…

Who would you like to be locked up with for a few days till the #Coronavirus threat passes? The ultimate fantasy game: “Dead Journalists’ Quarantine House”.

Life in the time of lockdown has turned locked-up captives all creative. Song lists, food recipes, dance moves are pouring forth from every nook and cranny of the globe. Some are lifting up their heads from their screens to see the skies and stars; pots and pets are flowering. Tik-Tok is the way to go.…

“Mainstream Media is coming back into its own in the age of #Coronavirus. What people everywhere want is reliable information and they are turning to the trusted providers”

https://soundcloud.com/user-311470525/j-pod-ex-bbc-broadcaster #Coronavirus has changed the media landscape across countries and continents like nothing else before. In this podcast interview, Dr Andrew Whitehead, the former BBC broadcaster and historian, talks of the damage it has wrought in Britain—and what it holds for journalists worldwide. As job losses and salary cuts loom, he has a word of…

Remember that poignant picture of Nehru and Vinobha Bhave? The Bangalore lensman who shot it, T.L. Ramaswamy, is no more.

T.L. Ramaswamy, the Bangalore photographer who shot the iconic picture of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with Acharya Vinoba Bhave has passed away, at age 89. The Nehru-Bhave photograph was published first by the Kannada daily Praja Vani, which pays a warm tribute to him on its pages today. “T.L. Ramaswamy was a calm, simple man who…

Even a mad ‘Fox News’ anchor like Tucker Carlson says Coronavirus didn’t happen because the Chinese ate bats. So why do Rahul Kanwal and Vineet Jain want them to eat ‘khichdi’ and ‘papdi chaat’?

Even in the best of times, Indians are never short of sanctimony and self-righteousness but there has been an oversupply of both since the outbreak of #Coronavirus. The virtues of ‘Namaste‘ as a form of greeting—folded hands as opposed to a physical hug or handshake—has been extolled ad nauseam, even briefly inspiring a BJP IT…

“Worst may be yet to come”: As COVID tears the world, ‘Indian Express’ moots 10-30% salary cut for employees, warns of “more sacrifices” if things do not improve

The Coronavirus pandemic is spreading across newsrooms and board rooms battling advertising and revenue shortfall. Below is the full text of the letter sent by Indian Express CEO George Varghese. = Subject: Challenging times = My dear colleagues, my Express family: Before going even a word further, Thank You. To each one of you, across…

If you come today, it’s too early. If you come tomorrow, it’s too late. But between that tomorrow and today there will be many tomorrows: Shekhar Gupta meets Dr Raj Kumar with Swami Nityananda watching.

*** It is not widely known that the Kannada movie legend Dr Raj Kumar won only one national award in his long and illustrious career, but it was not for his acting prowess but singing. Dr Raj Kumar won the award in 1993 for his rendition of Nada Maya in Jeevana Chaitra but the Raj…

When Narendra Modi told an impressionable journalist that his glasses cost only a few hundred rupees; that he wore a simple Indian watch; that he got his clothes stitched from the same tailor each time

After eight, maybe nine, years of carefully coiffured image management, there is nearly nothing about Narendra Modi‘s expensive wardrobe that is debatable. Anybody blessed with even just one functional eye can see that he changes his clothes virtually hour of the day, rarely ever repeating colours. Anybody who can type a question in a search-engine…

Pouting, preening, posing, hinting: how ‘objective’ journalists are voting in the Delhi elections without really ‘reporting’

*** Journalists are human, of course, but nobody works harder than Delhi-based journalists to prove that to the world, especially during festivals like ‘Holi’ when the Twitter timelines of the bold-faced names are plastered with unidentifiable faces. #DelhiElections2020 offered yet another chance to ‘Tweetiyas’ to demonstrate they are just like the rest of humankind, and…