Monthly Archives: October 2008

And the winner of the best magazine cover is…

The New York magazine cover that won top honours at the American Magazine Congress last week. Judges cited the March 24 cover, which featured disgraced NY governor Eliot Spitzer, for its “directness, humour, and simplicity.”

“The cover required no headlines. The image succeeds all by itself.”


37 telling photographs you can see in 3 minutes

Photographer James Nachtwey does his bit for XDR-TB, not a new motorcycle on the market but Extreme Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, a new form of an ancient disease that is killing 3 people every minute of the day in 49 countries, and becoming new pandemic.

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Fellowships for journalists on climate change

PRESS RELEASE: The Climate Change Media Partnership invites journalists to apply for a climate change fellowship. Fellows will attend the UN climate change summit held in Poznan, Poland from December 1 to 12, 2008 and produce journalism to highlight climate change issues within their regions.

The fellowship is open to journalists who live and work in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America or the Middle East.

Women journalists and journalists from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity for editors to gain coverage of the summit through their staff reporters.  It is also an exciting opportunity for the journalists selected to enhance their knowledge of environmental issues with the support of the Climate Change Media Partnership, and to develop their professional journalism skills through the media activities offered during the summit.

For more information and to download the application form visit:

The deadline for applications is Monday, 13 October.

Why Indian netas dislike being probed on camera

CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai on

“Why are so many of our top politicians uncomfortable with the idea of being questioned on television?

“Partly it is a reflection of a feudal and non-transparent political system that doesn’t feel the necessity to explain policy choices in an open forum. Unfortunately, unlike in the United States, television appearances have little connection with political winnability in the Indian context. With caste and family identities defining success in polls, communication skills seem to matter less and less. It is no coincidence that some of the finest public speakers in Indian politics are in the Rajya Sabha and not the Lok Sabha….

“In a way, Indian electoral politics has defined the limits of the power of television. While a spirited television debate can energise a section of the urban middle-class audience, it cannot reach the wider electorate, many of whom would rather be watching their favourite soap than listening to political arguments. Moreover, in a multi-lingual country, it is difficult to create a “national” constituency through a strong television presence.”

Read the full article: Television, for politicians with a vision

Chari, a Hindu lens legend, passes away. RIP.

sans serif records the passing away of K. Narayanachari, the dark room assistant who rose to be the chief photographer of The Hindu in Madras. He was 85 years old.

An obituary in the paper notes:

Acknowledged as one of India’s finest and most productive press photographers, Chari believed that imagination, innovation, and total dedication were the essential qualities of a true professional photographer. Energetic and fiercely competitive, he did not hesitate to elbow his way forward in a crowd.

A pioneer in sports photography, Chari covered 106 Test matches and 15 one-day internationals.

The picture above is one of his most-talked-about action frames of the controversial run-out of left-hander Alvin Kallicharan in the second innings of the fourth Test at Madras on January 15, 1975.

“Umpire Satyaji Rao first turned down the appeal and then reversed his decision. India won the Test comfortably. At the time (when there was no question of TV replays), it was held that Chari’s revealing photograph had the effect of moderating the chagrin in the West Indian camp over the run-out. The picture seemed to suggest that Kallicharan may have been out of his crease when the ball uprooted the stump,” notes The Hindu.

Photograph: courtesy The Hindu

Read the full obituary: Chari, veteran photographer, passes away

The face of future media wars is a-changing

Paul Harris in The Observer, London:

“In future, media wars will not be fought between newspapers, and perhaps not even between newspaper websites. They will be fought between internet brands, blogs, online video sharers, news aggregators, gossip sites and things as yet undreamt of. They will not be fought in one city nor one country, but across the globe. They will not be fought with the buying of a newspaper, but with the click of a mouse, or a button on an iPhone, or a text.”

Read the full article: Murdoch declares war in the last great battle of the barons