Daily Archives: 26 June 2007

BBC contest for photographer of the year

BBC News is conducting its annual summer photography competition with six specific themes: blue, hidden, concentration, look down, heritage, and time. Each participant can submit upto three entries per category. The two photographers who get the most reader votes will go forward to the final and one of them will be awarded the title of the BBC news website Photographer of the Year. The overall winner will get a Nikon D40X camera and lens.

Further details can be had from the BBC website: Photographer of the Year 2007


‘Despite boom, Indian journalism is shrinking’

The Indian media is getting bigger, fatter, richer, but is it getting any better? More importantly, does it have any possibility of getting better? These are evergreen questions. They have been asked before (recently by Martha Nussbaum) and will doubtless be asked again and again.

In the Columbia Journalism Review, Basharat Peer, a former rediff.com and Tehelka staffer and currently a fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, weighs in with a scathing piece on the state of the media in India titled “Style over substance”.

And the ills he lists are all too familiar.

# The lack of space and resources for serious, well-researched long-form reportage

# The hollowness of the television bulletins with their anchors’ faux American accents

# The newspapers’ growing fixation with all things sexy, frivolous and glamourous

There aren’t too many to cover the grim suicides of farmers. But, says Peer, even the stuff that occupies the attention of Indian newspapers—the billionaires, the girls who win big at global pageants, the software success stories—they don’t do it well.

“It is no coincidence that foreign journalists produce much of the best journalism about the difficult issues facing India… Indian writers who are serious about doing in-depth journalism also must look to foreign venues to find a home for their work.”

Read the full article here: Style over substance

Cross-posted on churumuri

Malayala Manorama is read by people who think…

GIRISH NIKAM forwards the suspected reader profile of Indian newspapers. It’s an old list, sure, but still an interesting one if only because it shows how much some of the papers have changed—and how much some of our expectations from newspapers have changed—since the definitions were first thought up.

Please add new names and definitions to the list, especially of the language papers.


The Times of India is read by people who run the country.

The Statesman is read by the people who think they run the country.

The Hindu is read by the people who think they ought to run the country.

The Indian Express is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country.

The Telegraph is read by people who do not know who runs the country but are sure they are doing it wrong.

The Economic Times is read by the people who own the country.

The Tribune is read by the people who think the country ought to be run as it used to be run.

The Hindustan Times is read by the people who still think it is their country.

The Asian Age is read by the people who would rather be in another country.

Mid-Day is read by the wives of the people who run the country.