Archive for August 24th, 2007

The shape is all that changes in life

24 August 2007

E.R. RAMACHANDRAN forwards a much-forwarded picture that captures the life of man, more so of a journalist, in all its essence.

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And the biggest drunk in journalism is…

How well do you know your alphabet

‘Blogging helps journos understand readers’

24 August 2007

Should newspaper websites have blogs? Should newspaper reporters and editors blog? Does it help?

For all three questions, Ray Hartley‘s answer is, yes. Hartley, editor of the recently launched South African newspaper, The Times, blogged even while the newspaper was taking shape. Now, in an interview with the African Press Network, he says, blogging helps newspapers become better and helps their staffers understand that a newspaper is not a lecturing platform, but an “engaging platform”.

“You have to ask yourself why critics are weary of blogging. It’s not just about blogging, it’s about a change in the organizational culture of newspapers. If you understand that a newspaper is not a lecturing instrument, but rather an engagement with an opinionated audience, you understand blogging right away.”

Read the full interview here: A newspaper is not a lecturing instrument

Link via Editors’ Weblog

The worst op-ed piece ever written?

24 August 2007

Stanley Fish, the well-known postmodernist and New York Times’ columnist, thought he was doing something cool writing about how difficult it was to get a cup of coffee at Starbucks. In “Getting Coffee Is Hard To Do”, he wrote of having to wait in a queue, look for a spot to stand, add the milk and the sugar, and hear words like “‘double shot,’ ‘skinny,’ ‘breve,’ ‘grande,’ ‘au lait’ and a lot of other words that never pass my lips.”

What he gets in return for his “self-satisfied cluelessness” from Slate‘s Ron Rosenbaum is the label of the worst op-ed ever written which may or may not have walked off the pages of Onion (“Area professor befuddled by coffee place”).

“At the very least, Fish’s column showcases what happens when certain academics descend from the ivory tower to offer us their special insights on popular culture”

Read the full article here: The worst op-ed piece ever?

CNN Award for best of Indo-Pak journalism

24 August 2007

The American satellite news pioneer, Cable News Network (CNN), has announced two new awards to honour quality journalism in India and Pakistan, commemorating the 60th year of independence of the two nations.

The CNN Journalist Award will honour journalism that reflects the social and political realities of India and Pakistan, while the Photo Journalist Award will recognise story-telling through pictures, New Delhi bureau chief, Phillip Turner said. The new awards will be in addition to the Young Journalist Award, which is currently in its fifth year.

Open to all Indian and Pakistani journalists irrespective of age, nominations are open to print/online and television journalists covering the broader and deeper issues in Indian or Pakistani society.

Entries for the awards should be published or aired between Jan 1 and Sept 30 this year.

Communists give full Marx to American journos

24 August 2007

Are “market forces” prompting the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to get media savvy?

Its central committee met in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the stalemate over the Indo-US nuclear deal. And, wonder of wonders, Onkar Singh of rediff.com reports that the CPI(M) meeting was attended by “leading American news agencies”.

The idea behind inviting American journalists obviously was to convey to the United States the rationale behind their opposition to the nuclear deal but that the communist parties, who have been at the receiving end of Indian media houses, presumably kept the Indians out tells its own story.

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