Daily Archives: 8 March 2007

Wanted: freelance documentary script writer

The makers of a film on the tsunami are looking for a freelance documentary film script writer. The producer is Shampa Ghosh (who acted as the main female protagonist in Gautam Ghosh‘s 1987 film Antarjali Yatra) who freelances for Doordarshan. She will provide the story line and the tentative length to the writer. Budget considerations need to be taken into account. For details contact gaurav.ghose@gmail.com


Print-first? Web-first? Or separate but equal?

A tectonic shift is taking place in the western newspaper world. The internet is being seen as the place where to put the hard news as it comes in through the day; this will enable print to match television in what it does best. The next morning’s paper is being seen as the place where to put the opinion, analysis, background, colour, mood, etc, which is what television cannot do enough. The Los Angeles Times and the Daily Telegraph have already moved into this mode. The Guardian is too soon follow.

Read more: And then there were two

The Guardian editor’s draft principles of 24×7 working¬†

‘Editors are only as good as their papers’

Vinod Mehta pays a very fine tribute to Sham Lal in the latest issue of Outlook, the death of the former Times of India editor providing occasion to look at how the role of editors has changed between then and now.

“What is the difference between the editor of the 1970s and 2007? Simple yet profound. The 1970s editor clocked in at 10 and clocked out at 6.30. He read voraciously, talked to like-minded friends and scholars, furiously debated issues, checked and re-checked information for veracity and poured out the distilled wisdom onto the Edit Page. He did not make speeches at seminars, anchor TV shows, visit cocktail parties, take part in book discussions, judge fashion shows, wear sharp clothes. The editor was not yet a celebrity. He was neither seen nor heard. He was just read…

“The editor of 2007, with honourable exceptions, flaunts his proximity to politicians, especially those in power. You often hear in hushed tones, “so and so is close to….” In fact, in the marketplace, editors are renowned not for their professional skills or ability to produce readable titles, they are renowned for which cabinet minister they are close to.For me being close to a politician only means he or she will plant a story on you, or stop you from doing a story which is not in his or her interest. It is a lose-lose situation for the editor.”

Read the full article here: Editors then, editors now

France’s war against citizen journalism

A new French law that threatens those who tape and broadcast videos of “scenes of violence” with up to five years in prison if they cannot prove they are professional journalists has got citizen journalists up in arms. Ridiculous and ludicrous, says one. French lawmakers have well and truly lost their grip on reality, says another.

Read more: Citizen Journalism under attack

France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence

French ban citizen journalists from filming violence