Daily Archives: 3 July 2007

If you pay peanuts, you will only get monkeys

How much do American journalism and mass communication teachers—lecturers, professors, etc—make per annum? The records of Arizona State University have been made public, and the numbers are truly astounding. Dean Christopher Callahan takes home $191,650 every year, Prof Stephen Keith Doig $ 114,501.

Multiply by 40 to get a snapshot of why journalism education in India is light years away from attracting the best and the brightest.

View the full figures here: Arizona State University employees


Freedom of press belongs to those who iron one

The New Yorker‘s Joe Liebling it was who said famously that the freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. A poor washerman in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has shown that the freedom of the press can also belong to those to run one.

Gauri Shankar Rajak is a presswala in more ways than one. By day, he washes and irons clothes in his laundry. By weekend, he is the chief reporter, editor and printer of Din Dalit, a four-page, handwritten weekly newspaper that he has been bringing out relentlessly for 21 years.

Over a 100 copies of the paper are photocopied and pasted on the walls of the village. Rajak tells CNN-IBN proudly that the paper now reaches every nook and cranny of Dumka. And half the print order is reserved for government officials and “intellectuals” to savour his reportage of issues ranging from corruption to human rights.

Read the full story here: Washerman makes headlines

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India’s fearless “untouchable” paper

All hail the unsung fixers of modern journalism

After 12 years on the road in dozens of countries on five continents, and after over 1,000 bylines in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune hammered out on six laptops, Thomas Crampton  has bid goodbye to journalism as we know it, and opted for a career as a new media entrepreneur.

“I live by the belief that witnessing and reporting improves the world. Good copy saves lives.”

Crampton pays the mandatory tribute to all the usual suspects, friends, colleagues, bosses, et al. But he reserves his highest thanks to the unsung heroes of modern journalism: the local fixers.

“Often motivated by an urge to share a situation with the world, they work to reveal the truth despite government and other pressures.

“Newspaper correspondents like myself travel with the safety of a foreign passport and backing of a high profile publication, but the fixers we hire to help arrange interviews, find sources and understand a situation do so at great risk to themselves and their families.”

Read the full story here: A farewell to reporting