Archive for July 6th, 2010

If TV cameras are OK, why not still cameras?

6 July 2010

The courts do not allow photographers to shoot pictures inside a courtroom, although they will allow illustrators to get away drawing courtroom scenes which have almost no likeness with reality.

Ditto, the legislature.

This, above, is a scene from the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore where a joint session of the State legislature is on. Photographers are not allowed in although television videographers are. Therefore lensmen like T.A. Hafeez, former chief photographer of The Hindu, have to make do with whatever support they can get.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

First lessons from the flirtatious hotshot editor

6 July 2010

Penguin Canada bossman David Davidar‘s hurriedly buried “consensual flirtatious” relationship with a colleague that resulted in his being sacked from the publishing house has prompted Priya Ramani, editor of Lounge, the Saturday section of Mint, to make public her own tryst with a “hotshot editor”:

“I’ll never forget my first job interview.

“The hotshot editor whose work I had worshipped growing up said he would meet me at his hotel at 7pm. When I got to the hotel, I called him on the house phone and he said, come on up.

“I shuffled around nervously for a couple of minutes in the lobby, torn between the eagerness of a 23-year-old to meet one of her journalism heroes and the thought that it was perhaps best to walk away from the job. He interviewed me over drinks besides the bed in his tiny room that was made up for the night.

“He was charming, he flirted, and I pretended not to recognize the signals. Eventually, I escaped unscathed. It was my first lesson on surviving the workplace.”

Read the full article: When boss is a consensual flirt

Also read: WSJ editor denies minister’s SMS

‘Editor the Great’

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