Daily Archives: 15 August 2007

‘If newspapers only printed good news, then…’

The director of Spain’s national library, Biblioteca Nacional, has whipped up a storm in the teacups of publishers by stating that she doesn’t read newspapers.

“I haven’t read the press for two months. I don’t watch television or listen to the radio because the tension they express upsets me so much I can’t work,” said Rosa Regas.

A quote on Roy Greenslade‘s blog, attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, rightly puts some perspective on the  rage against the gloom and doom purveyed by the papers.

“If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails will be filled with good people.”

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The worst mistake a journalist can make

Irene Epstein was a fiery red-headed associate professor of journalism at San Jose State College in California in the 1960s and ’70s. She had one rule that she never let her news writing students forget:

“The worst mistake a journalist can make is misspelling someone’s name. How would you like it if the newspaper misspelled your name?”

And to ram home her point she had a cardinal rule in all of her news writing exercises. “You can write the greatest prose ever but misspell someone’s name and you get 0 out of 10 points for that exercise. No excuses accepted.”

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MA course in international multimedia journalism

PRESS RELEASE: Britain’s domestic news agency Press Association  (PA) has launched a new Master of Arts course in International Multimedia Journalism in partnership with Newcastle University. The course is targeted at the international market with India being a core area for recruitment. PA already has a foothold in India, and produces content and finished newspaper pages from Mangalore, where it is based.

Visit the site for full details: www.pa-training.co.uk

Adolf Thackeray alias Balasaheb Hitler

Shiv Sainiks in Bombay have attacked Outlook magazine’s offices in Bombay and threatened the staff over the portrayal in a negative light of the party’s unelected “supremo”. Bal Thackeray, a former cartoonist himself with the Free Press Journal, had been bracketed among the villains of free India alongside Nathuram Godse, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sanjay Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Mohammed Azharuddin, H.K.L. Bhagat, and Dawood Ibrahim. It is unclear if the “Hindu Hriday Samrat” objected to being called a villain or if he disliked being given a Hitlerian flourish in the cartoon by R. Prasad.

See the full story: Outlook under attack