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Media Watch

February 2012

Supplementary Issue
 

Editorial

From the news theatres

 
Seema Mustafa
 

The year began with another media extravaganza. In Jaipur, during the over crowded and over hyped Rajasthan Literary festival. Closing into Oprah Winfrey, the 24 hour television channels and their print counterparts, were sufficiently distracted from the Talk show queen by a bunch of mullahs demanding the head of author Salman Rushdie.




Cover Story

Crime Time: How and why journalists get involved

 
CHANDRAN IYER AND KS NARAYANAN
 

Days after United Kingdom’s biggest tabloid News of The World, under editor Rebekah Brooks, shut down, a report in Mail Guardian (published from South Africa) said reporters were under intense pressure to get exclusive stories by whatever means necessary. It triggered a worldwide debate on the ethics of journalism.



"It is not the duty of journalists to hand criminals over to the police"

 
N Asokan
 

Nakkheeran Gopal, the only regional journalist known all over India, shares two similarities with the now slain forest brigand Veerappan. One is the element of resilience ingrained in his character. The other is – as everyone can see – the trademark handlebar moustache that hides half his face.



Fear Factor

 
Anuradha Preetam
 

Once there was this man whom the neighbours and relatives called an ‘idiot’ all the time. This man, to take revenge on all those who called him so, began killing them one by one, breaking their skull, and then eating their brains.




Interview

'TV loves to sensationalise things'

 
Shakti Sharma
 

In the 80s and 90s crime reporting primarily related to property and crimes such as hurt and murder.



Media is emerging as a threat to democracy

 
Saurabh Kumar Shahi
 

Adnan Rehmat is a Pakistan-based media development specialist and a political analyst. He heads Intermedia Pakistan, which focuses on advocacy, research and training on media issues, and promotes civic action initiatives on development issues.



"The real pressure is within"

 
N Asokan
 

The aggressive ad campaign of The Hindu coincides with the change of leadership in the paper. The new editor, Siddharth Varadarajan spoke with N.Asokan about his newspaper’s agenda, after N Ram stepped down




Guest Column

The dark trail: Now and then

 
Satyendra Tripathi/Dilbar Goti
 

I have spent 15 years of my life as a crime reporter and have seen uncountable technological advancements in these years.



The Quality of Indian Media

 
VS Sreedhara
 

Writing about the entry of FDI in the retail sector and the related issue of food security, Nagesh Hegde, the noted environmentalist and Kannada writer, has made a significant observation.




International Media Watch

Just talk of War

 
Saurabh Kumar Shahi
 

Considering the column space and airtime it has taken, the story that has predominantly shaped the debate this month is the speculation on whether or not Israel will go for an unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.




Monitoring the media

Monitoring the media

 
Parimal Peeyush
 

The year 2011 was special in more ways than one. It was the year that was witness to massive public uprising, a much-celebrated world cup victory, and an almost dysfunctional Parliament.




Legal Grab

Just Landed

 
Dhrutikam mohanty
 

Bhubaneswar is fast becoming a place where all; from a typist to a minister finds one plea or the other to get piece(s) of land from the government. And for this, the state president of a national political party does not hesitate to pose as a ‘farmer’.




Regional Media Watch

Regional media

 
Arshad Hussain/ Rantidev Sengupta
 

With more than 16 years of experience in print journalism, Arshad Hussain started his career as a trainee with Press Trust of India (PTI), the national news agency, in New Delhi.




Memoir

Falling in Line

 
Shastri Ramachandaran
 

Working as a journalist in China’s newspapers can be an eye-opening and engaging experience, revealing unsuspected potential and unforeseen possibilities.




Tug of War

In the Times of The Hindu

 
N Asokan
 

Finally, The knife is out. India’s leading newspaper The Times of India is in an open war with The Hindu, which is also called Mahavishnu of Mount Road (The Hindu’s office is located on Mount Road, the name of which has now been changed to Anna Salai Road).



The leader in the pack

 
MW
 

It’s not for nothing that The Times of India (ToI) is called an institution. It’s something you wake up to; something you think of when you say "newspaper”.




Media Trend Graph

Analysis of the coverage

 
MW
 

The race for the Republican nomination is now clearly between Gingrich and Romney; other candidates still in the race are largely ignored.