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Love Facebook? FB has a job for you in NY

22 February 2011

Facebook is seeking a Journalist Program Manager with proven experience using Facebook in progressive ways as a journalist.

The Journalist Program Manager will utilize both partnership and program management skills to help journalists understand the value of using Facebook, get started, and use it effectively over time.

This is a full-time position based in New York on the Marketing team, and will work closely with the Media Partnerships team.

http://www.facebook.com/careers/department.php?dept=communications&req=126609114078862

Link via Shobha Sarada Viswanathan

Student research internships at ‘The Hoot’

13 January 2011

The media website Hoot is offering five short-term research internships for studentsto be completed between January and March 2011.

The internships are open to undergraduate and post graduate students from any part of the country.

Each intership is for Rs 10,000.

Proposals have to be related to Indian regional media, in English or a regional language, and in print, television or online. Pick a narrow, manageable subject of enquiry based on a trend or topic of media coverage you wish to explore.

Explain the scope of your study and your methodology. There will be a first draft deadline, and a final deadline. Send your proposals to editor@thehoot.org.

Deadline for proposals: January 25, 2011.

Final projects will be published on The Hoot.

Link via Shobha S.V.

Press Club Bombay invites cricket, crime writers

7 January 2011

PRESS RELEASE: The Press Club of Bombay is inviting entries from Indian print and digital journalists for cricket writing and crime reporting in memory of two former members, K.N. Prabhu and Pradeep Shinde.

The K.N. Prabhu award for cricket writing and the Pradeep Shinde award for best crime story will both carry a cash prize of Rs one lakh. The winning article/story will be awarded prize money of Rs 75,000 and a citation. The next best entry will be awarded prize money of Rs 25,000 and a citation.

Each entrant is eligible to submit three stories published in newspapers, magazines and websites in calendar year 2010. Language submissions have to be accompanied by English translations. All entries have to be supported by a letter of recommendation from the editor/ department head.

Soft copies of entries can be e-mailed to manager@pressclubmumbai.com by 24 January 2011.

This should be followed by a hard copy along with a brief CV to: The Manager, The Press Club, Mumbai, Glass House, Azad Maidan, Mahapalika Marg, Bombay 400 001 by 29 January 2011. The envelope/cover with the article must be marked ‘Journalist Awards’.

Link via Shobha Sarada Viswanathan

What Raghav Bahl could learn from Samir Jain

12 September 2010

SHARANYA KANVILKAR writes from Bombay: Some time in the mid-20th century, the legendary New Yorker writer (and foodie) A.J. Liebling famously said, “freedom of the press belongs to those who own one“.

For proof in the early 21st, he might like to take a look at Raghav Bahl.

The founder, editor, controlling shareholder and managing director of Network 18—the company behind CNBC-TV18 and Awaaz; CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN Lokmat, Forbes India, in.com and a myriad dotcoms—has just penned his debut book on India and China titled Super Power?: The Amazing Race between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise.

But judging from the unabashed promotion, further promotion, continuing promotion and continuing further promotion of the book on the Network 18 platform, it would seem as if James Joyce has returned to rework, well, Balika Vadhu.

# For days before the launch of the book on August 17, senior editors across Network 18 channels burnt the midnight oil sending off invitations (and reminders) to assemble a sizeable “power” audience.

# In April, four full months before the launch of the “Superbook on Superpowers”, CNN-IBN featured a 2-minute, 3-second report on the book by the network’s best known voice, Shereen Bhan, with accompanying text helpfully reminding viewers that the “brilliantly written, superbly documented, rich and comprehensive account” is already being called as “one most definitive books on the subject.”

# On moneycontrol.com, the financial portal owned by Network 18, an announcement of the book’s launch by Penguin said the book offered “telling insights”.

# By a happy coincidence in April, Bahl received a nice little plug on CNN-IBN‘s breakfast show following his inclusion in a book by an Australian lawyer of corporate India’s bigwigs: “Raghav Bahl among top 30 Indian businessmen.”

# In May, Forbes ran a piece by Bahl titled 2050, An economic odyssey on how India and China would reclaim their positions as economic giants, with the author intro saying the book “is forthcoming from Penguin Allen Lane.”

# In July, Bahl took part in a discussion on Karan Thapar‘s CNBC show India Tonight, with Pranab Bardhan, whose book on the India-China theme ‘Awakening giants of clay‘ was published around the same, as co-panelist.

# In August, all the network’s channels carried the book’s grand launch in Delhi, with their websites carrying Bahl’s opening remarks and the panel discussion moderated by CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai.

# Promotional advertisements on the book have crawled on screens of the network’s channels for months now. On the group’s portal in.com, an anonymous guest posted a discussion urging readers to “Kindly promote this book in institutes“.

# On the CNN-IBN website, a 4,876-word extract of the book was posted on the day after the book’s launch in August.

# Using the group’s portal in.com, a dedicated channel called superpower.in.com was created to showcase the book (along with a Hindi section titled superpowerhindi.in.com).

# Readers of the August 13 issue of the Indian edition of Forbes magazine, received a free 48-page booklet containing an “exclusive excerpt” from Bahl’s book.

# The following issue of Forbes contained a four-page debate between Bahl and Yasheng Huang, an MIT professor of Chinese origin, on the India vs China issue.

# The day after the launch, CNN-IBN declared on its website that “the book was drawing praise from the stalwarts of India Inc and the government,” with a 1-minute, 41-second news report even exhorting viewers to get their copy in “English or Hindi”.

# Readers of the September issue of Entrepreneur, published by Network 18,  received a free 48-page booklet of Bahl’s book containing another “exclusive excerpt”.

# On the network’s Hindi business channel, CNBC Awaaz, Bahl featured in a debate with Congress and BJP leaders moderated by the channel’s editor, Sanjay Pugalia.

# In early September, Bahl gave an interview to Shereen Bhan on CNBC-TV18 again, on the “amazing race between India and China“.

# In early September, as the issue of land acquisition for infrastructure projects gathered steam, Bahl popped up on CNBC-TV18‘s special show Fixing India’s Governance, offering the Chinese example.

# At last week’s broadcasters’ association awards fete, all participants of panel discussions received a complimentary copy of Superpower, and so on.

To be fair, Bahl’s debut book has received plenty of press outside the Network18 platform.

The launch was widely reported by The Indian Express, The Asian Age, DNA, Zee News, Financial Express, Hindustan Times (Delhi 1) and (Delhi 2), and  Hindustan Times (Bombay), and assorted industry publications like exchange4media, afaqs!, and Indian Television,

And the book has (so far) been reviewed by The Hindu, Businessworld, and India Today, and more are forthcoming.

Nevertheless, the issue at hand is one of Bahl, Network 18 and Superpower?.

The boilerplate excuse is, if an owner cannot push his own book on his own network, what use is his ownership? A good counter question is, would any other debutant author get so much play and promotion across so many media vehicles over so many months?

It can aslo be argued that Bahl is not the first media personality to use his baby is for self-promotion.

The Hindu routinely carries news items of its editor-in-chief N.Ram‘s speeches. The Times of India is full of promotions of its various “brands”, including pictures from Vineet Jain‘s annual Holi parties. India Today and Outlook routinely sneak in pictures of this or that group event on its pages.

Yet, there is such a thing as overdose when it involves the bossman. As a first-generation media mogul, Bahl might like to pick up a lesson from ToI‘s Samir Jain or Anand Bazar Patrika‘s Aveek Sarkar, both of whom maintain a very low profile in their publications.

Or, maybe, Bahl will take comfort from A.J. Liebling’s other famous line: “The function of the press in society is to inform but its role is to make money.”

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Photo-illustration: courtesy Forbes

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Also read: Is this man the new media mogul of India?

How serious is the trouble at CNBC and CNN-IBN?

The end-game is near for both TV18 and NDTV

26% of India’s most powerful are media barons

The 11 habits of India’s most powerful media pros

Newspaper websites get less than 1% page views

21 August 2009

Traditional media—newspapers, TV stations, magazines—live under the assumption that the current drift away from them towards new media is something that will get corrected as the consumer begins pining for “credibility”—stuff they can trust!—and once he does so, they can start charging for content which will bring their businesses back on track.

India is still some distance away from this reality, of course, but how realistic are these assumptions even for a country like the United States?

The Nieman Lab has released numbers that in the words of one Indian new media player are “fairly startling figures”.

# The total “Active Digital Media Universe” (Neilsen’s term for total US unique visitors online during the month, both at home and at work): 195,974,309.

# Of these, 70,340,277 or 35.89 per cent visited a newspaper web site. (On the other hand, 64 per crent got their news elsewhere.)

# The average member of the Active Digital Media Universe visited 2,569 web pages per month. That adds up to 503,457,999,821 page views.

# Of those 503 billion page views, 3,468,549,698 (3.5 billion) went to newspaper web sites. That’s less than 1 per cent of all page views or 0.69 per cent to be exact.

# Neilsen says the average page view (in that univere of 503 billion) lasted 57 seconds. That translates into 7,971,418,330 hours spent online or 40 hours, 40 miutes and 33 seconds per person.

# Of those 7.9 billion hours spent online, time spent at newspaper web sites was 45,022,485 hours. That’s less than 1 per cent of all time spent online, or 0.56 per cent.

Don’t ask me, ask her. Don’t ask me, ask him.

11 August 2009

How differently can two journalists of the same house and the same media house think on the same issue at the same time, said issue being West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi‘s stand on violence in the State?

Exhibit A is Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, seven hours ago from the web.

Exhibit B is Sagarika Ghose, senior editor of CNN-IBN, seven hours ago from the web.

For sceptics of the media who suspect a grand liberal conspiracy behind everything that English language media houses do, M/s Sardesai & Ghose are husband and wife.

Sundeep Dougal*, who follows the couple on Twitter and sent us these links, says the two Tweets landed exactly one after the other on his Twitter feed, with not a single twit in between!

Also read: Should journalists be on Twitter? No, say NYT readers

Will journalism soon be Twitterature in a hurry?

Every journalist’s essential guide to Twitter

* Disclosures apply

Is economic downturn the best time for redesign?

28 July 2009

It’s the season for the redesign of websites. In just the last three weeks, Rediff.com, The Times of India and Hindustan Times have gone in for a overhaul of their home pages.

Outlook*, the weekly newsmagazine published from Delhi, has just joined the pack. Above is the new home page created by editor Sundeep Dougal and his team*; below is the old one.

Gone is the old, uneven, cluttered four-column grid with ads spilling out of smaller screens. In its place is a more modular, customisable homepage with clear demarcations of categories, and lots of white space.

* Disclosures apply

Less is better for the new, redesigned rediff.com

15 July 2009

India’s pioneering news, views and e-commerce portal, rediff.com, has unveiled a brand-new, minimalist home page that is a far removed from its earlier “busy” homepage (screenshot below), and is almost a replica of the beta version of its world homepage.

The NASDAQ-listed site, founded in 1996 by adman and entrepreneur Ajit Balakrishnan, is edited by Nikhil Lakshman, the former editor of The Sunday Observer, The Indian Post, Mid-Day and Sunday Mid-Day, and a top editor at The Illustrated Weekly of India.

Rediff also publishes the New York weekly newspaper, India Abroad.

Also read: ‘Indian journalists take themselves too seriously’

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards

10 July 2009

indian express

The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation is inviting entries for the 2008 Excellence in Journalism awards.

The awards are open for both print and broadcast journalists in 17 categories with cash prizes and scholarships on offer. The last date for entries is 31 August 2009.

Visit www.expressindia.com/rngf for further details.

Email: rngf@expressindia.com

Also read: 2009 India Press Photo awards invites entries

Three tips for journos on how to use Facebook

27 May 2009

How should journalists use Facebook? Joe Grimm, visiting journalist at Michigan State University school of journalism, has three tips:

1. Be cautious about what kind of personal information you put out.

2. Add friends to your network, not strangers.

3. Don’t “friend” sources on your beat.

Read the full article here: How should journalists use Facebook?

Visit Joe Grimm‘s website: News Recruiter

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