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Miscellaneous / THEHOOT

“Bad news folks, and warm regards”— the media recession of 2008

Shrinking advertising, more intrusive advertising, salary and job cuts, postponed launches, dropped supplements—revisiting how media houses and journalists were hit.

15 Sep 2018 12:00 am
2001-2018—what The Hoot’s long haul captured

It never did have its own reporters, so what came is what we used. But once the space was created it captured what had not been captured before.

26 Aug 2018 12:00 am
Assam’s NRC: doing justice to its complexities

Was it really about ethnic cleansing? Reporting in the English press shows that the issue is far more layered. But the BJP’s political rhetoric is drowning out other aspects.

19 Aug 2018 12:00 am
The Prime Minister throws a tea party

Mr Vajpayee decided to invite women journalists to tea, as many as could be traced, young, old, junior, senior, and middling. The masterstroke was inviting the junior and deskbound, who would normally never see the inside of the PM’s house.

17 Aug 2018 12:00 am
“I thought I was moving to a platform where you can raise issues”

The former journalist who has just become Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha explained earlier this year why he was disappointed with his shift from journalism to politics.

10 Aug 2018 12:00 am
Newsrooms in Brazil team up to fact check WhatsApp

Comprova, a fact-checking collective made up of 24 newsrooms around Brazil, launched this week in the lead up to the October elections.

8 Aug 2018 12:00 am
Perils of exposing illegal sandmining

Andhra Pradesh’s districts teem with stringers hunting in packs for stories to feed to their TV channels. Police cases against them, and abrupt termination are all part of the game.

22 Jul 2018 12:00 am
When the Chief Minister is also a media owner…

…and the dept of information and public relations is the nodal agency for allocating state govt. advertising, some interesting patterns emerge. A Telangana case study.

16 Jul 2018 12:00 am
Changing airspace rights and drone journalism

After a spate of “drones are spying on me” stories in the media, new model laws proposed in the US will make it easy to sue over news photography.

15 Jul 2018 12:00 am
Thai cave rescue: when the media became emotional

Reporters hugged and smiled, TV anchors cheered on air, Zain Asher in the studio said “Here in CNN we have all just been singing!!”

12 Jul 2018 12:00 am
Times Now and Republic TV distort facts on Sharia courts

Both Rahul Shivshankar and Arnab Goswami went on a no-holds-barred attack on an institution whose legality was upheld by the Supreme Court.

11 Jul 2018 12:00 am
Making WhatsApp the scapegoat

There were no social media or messaging apps when the Nellie massacre occurred. Yet it happened. Media reporting is taking the easy way out,

8 Jul 2018 12:00 am
PCI in Kashmir: the credibility question

What precisely does the Press Council of India hope to achieve on its second visit in 9 months when the recommendations of the first visit remain unimplemented,

3 Jul 2018 12:00 am
World Cup: sexism in British punditry clear for all to see

Women have been hired to offer commentary at the men’s World Cup, their presence brings out the worst in male fellow pundits.

30 Jun 2018 12:00 am
A media recession in Goa?

Partly because mining profits are drying up and partly for other reasons, publications are shedding staff and closing down in the state.

24 Jun 2018 12:00 am
Bringing hate video perpetrators to book

The fact that Bangla Sanskriti Mancha activists were primary informants for most stories in the media highlights the role that city-based NGOs can play in bringing such issues to light,

8 Jun 2018 12:00 am
When a virus goes viral

Social media in Kerala has been spreading falsehoods and panic over the Nipah virus

28 May 2018 12:00 am
Amateurish sting traps gullible media managements

That so many fell for this sting says a lot for the amorality that may have begun to pervade the media business.

26 May 2018 12:00 am
Fake news and religious hatred on WhatsApp in Karnataka elections

Real news about fake news: fake audio on WhatsApp in India, and a fake pre-election poll purportedly sponsored by the BBC, showing a big victory for the BJP.

19 May 2018 12:00 am
Tom Wolfe elevated journalism into enduring literature

He was one of the New Journalists, who wrote nonfiction using the techniques of fiction.

18 May 2018 12:00 am
Speaking up for frustrations of ordinary people

Ravish Kumar chooses issues that affect large numbers of ordinary people in small towns. And the authorities are taking note.

14 May 2018 12:00 am
J Dey murder case verdict: conspiracies that did Jigna Vora in

The feisty reporter lost seven years of her life to pain and humiliation on account of fellow journalists who bought the theories the police planted,

8 May 2018 12:00 am
BusinessWorld teeters as wages go unpaid

With a salary backlog of four months, the mood among BW journalists is grim, even as they hang on in hope of collecting past dues.

8 May 2018 12:00 am
How North Korean media outlets covered the summit

Are North Korean media outlets signaling that the regime is getting serious about diplomacy? They showed the two leaders interacting on an equal footing,

5 May 2018 12:00 am
Reporting the Jigna Vora arrest

From the Hoot archives: Incredibly, news reports quote crime branch police sources (unidentified, of course) who state that the case against Vora became stronger when the gangster himself called up several journalists and businessmen.

3 May 2018 12:00 am
Kerala’s WhatsApp hartal

Kerala youths were drawn into violent protests over the Kathua case by anonymous WhatsApp calls made by shadowy forces with ulterior motives

25 Apr 2018 12:00 am
How Facebook could reinvent itself - three ideas

It could take responsibility for the content it publishes and start competing to provide the most accurate news instead of the most click-worthy.

21 Apr 2018 12:00 am
A genial giant of a journalist

Nihal Singh did everything journalists dream of doing. It was a good life as reporter, editor, author, rubbing shoulders with the famous, and travelling the world.

20 Apr 2018 12:00 am
A gentleman editor, elegant writer, a liberal to the core

He edited many newspapers in his career and was widely read as a foreign correspondent from many capitals.

18 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Nihal Singh: a journalism stalwart passes on

Reporter, foreign correspondent, editor--his writing was trenchant till the end. The media space is poorer today because a principled man of words is gone.

17 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Reporting rape: Court notices for naming Kathua victim?

The Delhi High Court levies a Rs 10 lakh fine on media houses which named the victim, but the offenders were many more than those issued notices by the court. How the Indian media reports such cases merits constant scrutiny,

17 Apr 2018 12:00 am
TV9 defends its coverage

TV9 Telugu does not need to be taught lessons on women’s rights, ethics or the right to privacy. We know what we are doing.

14 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Is Facebook's business model going against human rights?

Social media was initially a boon for human rights, but human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media giants in their second decade.

11 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Swarajya's slander in Nagaland

An amazing article accusing former CM T.R. Zeliang and the Baptist Church of Nagaland of funding terror drew a threat of legal action and a denial of Swarajya's claims from the Army.

9 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Online regulation: another hasty move?

PM Modi and Smriti Irani need to tread wisely if their legacy is not to be a hasty one which does more damage than good. The media policy legacy of an earlier BJP government was a positive one.

6 Apr 2018 12:00 am
How Gandhi led Niranjan Takle to the Judge Loya story

At a commemorative meeting in Mumbai the journalist who did the story for Caravan talks about how Loya’s family decided that he should be the one to tell their story.

6 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Character assasination by Telugu media and its fallout

In pursuit of scandal, a Telangana channel invades the privacy of upright police officers who are then removed from crucial cases. Did the channel also serve a political agenda in the process,

3 Apr 2018 12:00 am
DB Corp: Steaming ahead or floundering?

DB Corp has had some misses but has been chugging along comfortably overall. However latest figures suggest improving profitability will get harder.

1 Apr 2018 12:00 am
Why everyone likes a dead journalist in Kashmir

Maqbool Sahil is dead. For 20 years, he struggled to make ends meet. No one bothered. At his death, everyone woke up.

27 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Broadcasting self-regulation: An unattainable goal?

When channels transgress and viewers complain, how are the complaints handled by the NBSA? It’s a mixed bag…

25 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Reporting Communal Issues – Part II

Hadiya’s conversion and marriage suffered the biased, hate-filled, anti-Muslim treatment that is now routine for some TV channels.

25 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Facebook: is the party over?

The Cambridge Analytica controversy should make us all think more critically about Facebook and what it does

22 Mar 2018 12:00 am
So Smriti Irani wants to regulate online news?

First, though, she needs to curb trolling and the spread of poison on social media, including by BJP supporters.

22 Mar 2018 12:00 am
How Zee and ABP News sowed communal poison

Their coverage of Ankit Saxena’s murder was a master class in hate-mongering. Reporting Communal Issues - Part I

20 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Russian media’s united anti-Western front

The reaction to the Salisbury attack in the Russian government-controlled media has been full of mockery and contempt. Russians are starved of alternative viewpoints,

19 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Cocking a snook at the NBSA-self regulation is not working

One month after Zee News was ordered to apologise on air, pay a fine and remove a programme, nothing has happened. Channels continue flout norms, violate ethics and give partisan or fake news,

18 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Naga media, the elections and ‘solutions’

Naga newspapers’ unwillingness to engage with the real issues plaguing the state was on display in the recent elections.

18 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Keeping politics and journalism apart

Do nominations to the Rajya Sabha compromise journalism? If you are an editor yes, If you are a media owner perhaps, but not if you are a talking head on TV.

16 Mar 2018 12:00 am
China’s media serves up stereotypes of Africa

The skit might not have been ill-intentioned. But it was both culturally and racially insensitive.

11 Mar 2018 12:00 am
Reporting on “History Battles”

A Reuter’s report reveals the bias, clichés, and laziness that crop up on the subject of Hindus and India’s ‘first inhabitants’.

10 Mar 2018 12:00 am