Daily Archives: 21 March 2007

Don’t judge a paper by the editor’s writing

Should editors write? How much? Should he be judged by his writing or his editing? Can an editor who spends his entire day crafting his own pieces show the attention that is required for the rest of the paper or magazine crying for his attention? But without an editor’s writing, can a reader judge that the right guy is at the helm?

These are time-worn questions. The New Yorker‘s founder Harold Ross rarely wrote (he did small Talk pieces anonymously for Talk of the Town) but edited one of the greatest magazines of all time. Outlook‘s Vinod Mehta writes most of his delectable pieces at home, with his dog Editor lying by his leg.

Sandy Rowe, editor of The Oregonian, has written an office memo full of marketing jargon—and it has become an industry joke. Fair or not?

Read the full article here: Editors writing badly


YouTube Video Awards

YouTube, the Google acquisition termed by Time magazine as the “invention” of 2006, has announced its first user-generated Video Awards in seven categories. Voting ends on March 23.

Enter here: YouTube Video Awards

Yes, tiny drops of journalism make an ocean

Many youngsters in the media complain of overbearing (older) bosses who frown upon enterprise and put them down. Some despair of being in an ocean of inertia and that their zeal is just a drop that gets submerged. Etcetera. Essentially, the crib is: we are all right, it’s those above us who who aren’t, and what can we do on our own?

But one journalist can make a difference.

San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting article on a small-town journalist, who at 63 years of age and with a circulation of just 2,944, has made a difference to his community in his own way. Jailed for refusing to reveal his sources, questioned by the good news brigade for raking up muck, Sacramento Valley Mirror editor Tim Crews just refuses to let go.

“The function of newspapers is that by reporting the truth we will make you better,” he said.

Read the full story here: Small-town journalist makes big-time impact

‘Indian media will outpace economy till 2011’

Forbes has yet another geewhiz story on the size of the Indian media and its growth potential.

“Rising incomes and consumer spending fueled by the country‚Äôs robust economic growth will combine with expanded information delivery options over mobile phones and the Internet to drive a boom that will benefit all segments of the industry, from home video to radio to newspapers, according to a forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

Read the full article here: Where newspapers are a hot investment

Deepcut: how patriotic can journos get?

Covering the armed forces, especially their negative side, is a bit of a tricky issue in most countries. “National security”, an assumed sense of patriotism, the threat of access-freeze, and of course, the old boys’ network all combine to prevent reporters from covering what are legitimate stories.

In 2002, BBC began looking into the death of James Collinson, a young Australian recruit. They found that six months earlier, another recruit had died in strikingly similar fashion. And then they found two more.

Two was a coincidence, four was something else. Thus was born Deepcut.

Read the full story here: Deepcut: the media messed up