Archive for June 1st, 2007

Once upon a time, news promotion as it was

1 June 2007

Once upon a time, television promos for news programmes—minus the shouting, minus the shrieking, and minus the hop-skip-and-jump cuts which are designed to ensure that nothing registers either on the mind or the eye or the ear.

Link via BoingBoing

Who is the television interviewer who…

1 June 2007

In dog-devours-dog world of Indian television, nothing is any longer sacred. And anything goes in the quest for securing an exclusive, a scoop, or anything that looks like an exclusive or a scoop.

One prominent television interviewer recently secured an interview with an Indian cricketer by threatening, yes by threatening, an income-tax raid, if he did not comply. Who could the interviewer and cricketer be?

Our lips are as always are sealed. We cannot reveal which language the interviewer does his interviews in, and we cannot reveal whether the cricketer is a batsman, bowler, all-rounder or wicket-keeper? (And in both those caveats, there is a clue!)

Logo courtesy: Gawker

‘Journalists shouldn’t try to become teachers’

1 June 2007

Suketu Mehta, the author of the acclaimed Maximum City, has just joined New York University as full-time faculty after getting the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. The South Asia Journalists’ Association (SAJA), of which Mehta is a member, asked him three questions on his new assignment.

Q: Why did you decide to become a professor at this stage? Won’t you miss daily journalism?

A: It dovetails nicely with my new project, a book on New York. I’ll be teaching a course on reporting new york, and another on reading New York.

Q: What made the NYU job attractive?

A: A steady paycheck and an apartment in the Village. Also, I went to NYU as an undergrad, so I’m attached to the place. I hope to corrupt young minds like mine was corrupted, all those years ago.

Q: We will check in with you in the months ahead to see how it’s going, but for now, can you give others who are in a similar place in their careers some tips?

A: I didn’t go looking for this job—I was recruited. I put everything I had into writing my Bombay book, and I got this great job as a side benefit. So I don’t think journalists should look for jobs teaching journalism—they should concentrate on the writing, and the jobs will come to them of their own accord.

Link courtesy Nikhil Moro

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