Teachers & Scholars, not sportsmen should be in RS: Mini Krishnan

“..today’s media have become urban centric and dalits, minorities and women are given least priority.  The stories which are covered in media are decided by the those who sit in newsrooms. The news that are covered in media are strongly coloured by these newsroom people.”

said, Mini Krishnan, Editor, literary translations, Oxford University Press, Chennai.

Mini Krishnan was also critical of the penchant of political parties to nominate sports persons and film stars to the upper house and said instead teachers, scholars and those in the academic field should be nominated.

Ailing practices like untouchability, superstitions that exist in our society should not be carried to next generation in this regard media should play a bigger role,

urged  Mini Krishnan.

She was addressing students on ‘pivotal role of translation in Indian media,’ a special lecture which was organised by centre for proficiency development and placement service (cpdps) in Manasagangothri campus here on Monday.

Translation has a power to interpret and convey things in proper manner. In Indian scenario most of the mediapersons gather information in local languages and whatever chosen by him will come to light through translation, she said.

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TRP race in Media: No to Assam Tragedy, Yes to Arushi Murder!

“Empires begin to decay when the Palace Admin finds it difficult to govern far flung regions,” 

Abraham Kuruvilla tweeted on Tuesday.

We hope that Twitter user Abraham Kuruvilla’s worst fears don’t come true.

Anurag Kotoky writes in Reuters: 

On Monday, India’s remote northeastern state of Assam saw probably its biggest tragedy in recent memory, when an overloaded ferry carrying about 300 people sank in the Brahmaputra river, killing at least 103 people.

However, the bigger tragedy perhaps was the minimal coverage it got in the national media. Apart from The Hindu, which had the accident as its top story, none of the leading dailies in the country gave it much coverage beyond a mention on the front page.

Considering that the news first surfaced at around 6 p.m. on Monday, newspapers had ample time to give it more space if they so wished before they went to print, again putting the spotlight on the much-discussed question of whether the northeast is ignored by the national media.

“Has #Assam ferry tragedy been ignored on Twitter/ television? We’ll be RTing all responses,” the New York Times tweeted on Tuesday to a massive response.

What was even more interesting was to see prominent journalists posting tweets even as news channels kept speculating on a bail plea for a dentist accused of killing her daughter in New Delhi, and even more far-fetched speculations on India’s next president.

“Assam n northeast doesn’t mean anything to us! We r a nation obsessed with big cities n their celebs!” Twitter user Ambreen Zaidi wrote.

The recent tragedy is not an isolated instance. The same debate creeps up every time a major event happens in the remote northeast region, and the Indian media is accused of not giving it enough coverage.

Having said that, media organisations also base their coverage on the potential interest of their viewers and readers, and change their content according to what is expected to garner the most attention.

That says something about the majority viewers and readers in the country as well.

The Hindu pokes The “Leader” again, this time on the chin!

Karuna Nundy from Cambridge Columbia writes on facebook page :
Kudos for taking it on the chin. If others were equally responsible it would give so much less ground to the restrictions on free speech being considered in Court 1.

The Hindu and Akshaya Tritiya

Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor of The Hindu writes in a box:

We carried a ‘jacket’ on Monday in our Tamil Nadu editions that featured a message — laid out in the form of an in-house advertisement — to readers on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on behalf of “The Hindu”.

Neither I, as Editor of The Hindu, nor anyone from the editorial side, was involved in the drafting of this message. Nor did we know of, let alone approve, its contents.

For the record, it is not The Hindu’s editorial position that Akshaya Tritiya, an occasion that has risen to prominence only relatively recently, is one of “the most auspicious days in the Hindu religion.” Nor can we possibly endorse this statement — “The belief that buying gold on this day would make you prosperous throughout the year is shared by one and all” — or others contained in that message.

We have now taken internal steps to ensure that advertising messages put out in the name of The Hindu are consistent with its editorial policy and that our Code of Editorial Values, which says there is “a firm line between the business operations of the Company and editorial operations and content”, is strictly adhered to by all.

Tunisia’s state media against state

If only the rest of the Arab world had Tunisia’s problems

There is a genuine confrontation going on between pro-Government protesters and the State media.

That means the State media is actually not controlled by the Government and has been reporting on flaws in Government policy. Even Al-Jazeera, which everyone keeps heralding as a “democratic force” is suspiciously silent on the leaders of the Gulf states(/often just putting out Qatari propaganda when it reports on the Middle East).

These protests in Tunisia are a sign that the country may actually pull through and establish democracy. Long may they continue.

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East :: Tunisian TV journalists in shouting match with protesters.

TUNIS: Journalists of Tunisia’s state television Wataniya had a shouting match Monday with protesters who have staged nearly two months of sit-ins outside its offices accusing it of backing the ousted Ben Ali dictatorship.

Shouting “Media of Shame!” the protesters brandished brooms and bottles of chlorine and demanded the “cleansing” of the national broadcaster, while Wataniya employees massed on the other side of the perimeter fence vented anger over the disturbance. …

Relations are strained between state media and Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party that won elections in October and now leads the governing coalition.

Wataniya is regularly accused of denigrating the work of the government and even of plotting to overthrow it. On the other hand, many in the media suspect Ennahda of wanting to keep them in check.

courtesy: http://majorkarnage.net

News..At Any Cost !?!

A 26-year-old Tibetan man(Living in Incredible India since 2006) on Monday set himself on fire at Jantar Mantar, two days ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India for the BRICS summit. Media ran around him just to click photos and shoot videos so that their headlines would get perfect photos and videos.