Indian publishers are relentlessly cutting expenditure. Meanwhile, The Economist “newspaper”—one of the few profitable publications even during the downturn—unveils its maiden television campaign in India.
View another Economist TVC here
Link via Chetan Krishnaswamy
Also read: If it catches your eye, surely the ad’s working?
Funny joke from a balding journalist-blogger*
How to get from point B to point A in Chicago
In July 2007, two employees of the Reuters news agency were among several killed in Iraq when US military forces opened fire on them. Saeed Chmagh, 40, a driver with the agency with a wife and four children, and Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, a war photographer, were among those killed.
The US military claimed the victims died in battle between US forces and insurgents, and that the conduct of the pilots and guncrew was “in accordance with laws of armed conflict and rules of engagement”. Reuters filed for the video of the attack to be made public under the US’s Freedom of Information Act.
The full video, shot from the primary helicopters, is now up on wikileaks and it is blood-curdling for the casualness with which civilians are hunted down. James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine calls the video the “most damaging documentation of abuse since Abu-Ghraib”.
“As you watch, imagine the reaction in the US if the people on the ground had been Americans and the people on the machine guns had been Iraqi, Russian, Chinese, or any other nationality.”
From 2003-2009, a total of 139 journalists have been killed in Iraq in the line of duty.
Visit the site: www.collateralmurder.com
The editor of Newsweek Russia, Mikhail Fishman, has been surreptitiously filmed snorting what appears to be a line of cocaine and sitting on a sofa next to a woman wearing only a t-shirt, in what is being described as a “honeytrap” laid by Kremlin to ensnare critics.
The video has surfaced on YouTube (the operative portion after 3 minutes). Fishman is quoted by The Sunday Times, London, as saying the KGB style tactic was a signal to independent journalists to keep a low profile.
Read The Times article: Honeytrap ensnares enemies of Kremlin
Read The Daily Beast article: Russia’s amazing drugs and hookers scandal
A television promo for the next Amitabh Bachchan starrer Rann, a movie “about the highly competitive world of television news reporting in India“.
Directed by the maverick Ram Gopal Varma, Rann is reportedly an insider’s account of how TRP-thirsty news channels manipulate and sensationalise stories.
“I am going to expose the media in this film and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” Varma says. “A lot of times democracy is controlled by forces that are not always visible to us.”
Bachchan plays a media Vijay Harsh Vardhan who is forced to compromise on his principles for the sake of ratings. Rann hits the screens later this month.
Also read: Look, who wants to be a journo (after rebirth)
Sting camera that Amitabh Bachchan didn’t see
The American Society of Magazine Editors and the Magazine Publishers of America video of the “first decade” of the 21st century—through magazine covers. Sadly, the last year of the decade isn’t counted, since the first decade formally ends on 31 December 2010.
Link courtesy Jim Romenesko
Cricket reporters are full of advice in their reports on what went wrong and what should have been done. But how good are they facing what they dish out?
In this 2007 video, New Zealand journalist Andrew Keoghan took guard against the world’s fastest indoor cricket bowler and survived—just about—to tell the tale.
Link courtesy Alok Prasanna
American folk music singer, the legendary Pete Seeger, sings an ode to newspapermen.
Link via Vadiraj Hombal
Al Jazeera’s media show The Listening Post on how 24×7 media is dangerously inflaming passions against US President Barack Obama with lies, untruths, rhetoric—a little like the way a newspaper advertisement greeted John F. Kennedy the day he arrived in Dallas in 1963.
Also read: How global media covered Barack Obama inauguration
‘The media’s obsession with Obama is worrisome‘
Was it Dave Weiner? Ranjit Bhatnagar? Montaigne?
Julius Caesar, perhaps?
Scott Rosenberg, author of say everything, says the qeust for the first blogger is, in the end, an infinite recursion; each candidate a pointer to one before. And the search is as futile as searching for the first poet, first playwright, first novelist, or even the first human being.
“Blogging evolved, just like human beings have evolved. And the question is not who was the first blogger, but how did we get here.”
At the Toronto international film festival, documentary film maker Michael Moore drops some pearls on the state of newspapers:
“In Europe, Japan and other countries, for many—most—of their newspapers, the primary source of funding is circulation, advertising second. In our country [the United States] advertising is the primary source of funding, circulation second.
“Any time you say the people who read your paper are secondary to the business community, you have lost and eventually you are not going to survive. In Europe, they know that in order to keep circulation up, they have to put out a damn good newspaper, something that people read, and they better not cut too many reporters because people are not going to read.”
Also read: How not to ask the right questions (an ongoing series)
Michael Moore takes on CNN (and Sanjay Gupta)