Daily Archives: 25 November 2006

Good enough is not

Not too many in journalism—not too many in Indian journalism anyway—like to turn the binoculars at themselves and look at what is happening in their profession in a different way. Tim Porter at First Draft does just that with aplomb, often surprising you with how much of what he says makes sense, in spite of the American context.

In particular, his recipe to rebuild the system is interesting as indeed is his take on what newspapers ought to do if they are to rise again. But what is must-reading is how the values of modern newspapers ought to change: from competition to context, from individualism to collaboration, from speed to discipline, from answers to questions, from authority to interaction, and from more to less.
Go take a look.


How well do you know your alphabets?

Namrata Joshi sends us the new revised alphabets, and journalists—or at least some of us who are socially conscious—should really be ashamed if we do not know them by heart.

For reasons of journalistic fairness, and to not make any one feel left out, this item is not being dedicated to any one in particular, but all of you—and you know who you are—can take it as a personal tribute.


A for Aristocrat

B for Bagpiper


C for Contessa

D for Director’s Special

E for 8 pm

F for Four Roses

G for Godfather


H for Haywards


I for Imperial Blue

J for Johnny Walker

K for Kingfisher



L for Lincoln Lager

M for Master Brew


N for Narrangansett


O for Old Monk


P for Pioneer


Q for Quat


R for Red Label


S for Scotch


T for Trommers


U for Utica


V for Vat 69


W for Watkins


X for XXX

Y for Yotoc


Z for Zingaro