Thursday, June 29, 2006

Be a journalist, join an institute

Want to be a journalist! Join a course of hefty sum.Yes the Indian rising of electronic media force the education industry to make journalist in classes. The woes of media studies are on the are edge....,008700010014.htm

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hindi channels found lacking on reporting health issues: Analysis

Compared to the print media, news channels were found lacking in reporting about health issues, according to an analysis of prime time bulletins of six prominent Hindi channels.

The analysis, carried out by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) for a month, brought out that reports on major diseases -- Malaria, TB, disability, Cancer and STD -- were not included in the prime time bulletins.

Even other health related issues-- immunisation, diabetes, mental health-- hardly figured in any of the month's bulletins.

And not surprisingly, if health issues formed a part of the channel content, it was mostly by the way of a commercial advertisement for one product or the other.

The CMS Media Lab monitored and analysed for a month (March/April) all the prime time news bulletins, commercials and any other feature programme contents of six Hindi news channels-- Zee News, Doordarshan, Star News, Sahara, NDTV and Aajtak.
Nearly half of the news stories to do with health covered during the month were about doctors' strike.

What ever got mentioned relating to health, mostly by the way of commercial advertisement, was medicine, diet/nutrition, cold/flu bird flu, allergies and AIDS.

"Despite considerable advertisement support to news channels from health related products, there is hardly any coverage in the news bulletins of health issues concerning common people.... as if they are no ones' concern," it said.

"This is contrary to the general impression that news media tend to cover more of those issues which could also get them advertisement support," it added.

However, it said regional news channels were performing somewhat better in covering basic health issues.
Also, daily newspapers report relatively more about basic health issues concerning large section of people, going much beyond commercial support, the analysis said.

CMS Media Lab

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The challenges of the online world

Rupert Murdoch

When a newspaper proprietor faces this many editors in one room, usually it means only one thing: a demand for a pay increase. But as I stand before this esteemed group of editors today, I’m reminded of something. Mark Twain once wrote to a friend:How often we recall, with regret, that Napoleon once shot at a magazine editor and missed him and killed a publisher...

Commentary on this speech can be accessed from:

'Web first' publishing will force newsroom changes

The Web first publishing policy adopted by the Guardian and The Times of London for certain stories has triggered images of an online-only world, paperless newspapers, significantly impacting the media consumer’s life.But what about in the newsroom? Every deadline will be immediate, writes The Australian’s Mark Day.“No longer will newspaper reporters have the luxury of attending a press conference, having lunch, discussing the import of a story with colleagues, then writing it at leisure. In a nonstop online publishing world, it’ll be a case of ‘do it now and do it fast,’ just as radio and agency reporters have worked for years.”

Day’s portrayal of the leisurely newsroom is not universally accurate — many major newspapers do operate at a hectic pace. But even for those newsrooms, the importance of instantaneous publishing will force the pace to escalate.The newsroom’s daily operations will change drastically in other ways as well. “The name of the game in future reporting will be to get the facts, then see them packaged and distributed through any number of platforms,” Day writes. “To achieve this, media companies (you won't be able to call them newspaper companies any more) will build integrated newsrooms, where information is fed into a central silo, then sliced and diced by specialist teams for use in different ways on different platforms.”Big changes are facing the industry, and reporters and editors will have no choice but to adapt to the new technology invading their daily routines.

Source: The Australian
Posted by Maddie Hanna on June 15, 2006 at 02:33 PM

Sale Of Editorial Content

It is being argued that maintaining a clear distinction between paid and unpaid media coverage is important. Is it really important? 50% mktg execs have paid for US editorial contentIf you thought the US media’s credibility has been on the decline, you would have had a good reason to believe that. But wait, here’s more food for your thought – almost 50 per cent of senior marketing executives have reported paying for an editorial or broadcast placement – and almost half of those who haven’t said they would.....(The whole article is found on this weblink)

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What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream

Noam Chomsky

Part of the reason why I write about the media is because I am interested in the whole intellectual culture, and the part of it that is easiest to study is the media. It comes out every day. You can do a systematic investigation. You can compare yesterday’s version to today’s version. There is a lot of evidence about what’s played up and what isn’t and the way things are structured.........(The whole article is found on this weblink)


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Uttardaitwa aur Bhagambhag!!!!

"Aaj kal jis tarah media sansthan khul rahe hai us tarah aane wali media yug ke bare me tippani karna shayad kisi ke liye muskil ho. Aaj kal to har News channel apna hi media sansthan kholne me ji jaan se jute hai. Janha kal tak sirf BAG ne hi apna media sansthan khola tha eske bad esme Dainik Jagran bhi shamil ho gaya to phir sabse tez channel kyan piche rahta isliye Aajtak ne bhi apna sansthan khol diya".

Chuki garib students badi hi mehnat karke door daraj se baki sansthano me addmission lete hai, course khatam hone ke baad edhar udhar bhatkne ko majboor ho jate hai, halanki unke paas wo talent hota hai jise channel ko jaroorat hoti hai par channel walo ko pata nahi eske baad kya ho jata hai saari ki saari emandari pata nahi kanha chali jati hai.

Aaj kal news bada hi fast ho gaya hai to esme choti choti galtiya hona swabhavik hai, par ye galtiya choti hi ho to accha hai jaise 26 tarik ko dophar ke 12:30 aaj tak par anchor byte Mittal- Arcelor ki thi par package V.P. singh ka chala gaya aur to aur eske baad dubara vahi byte chala kar mittal ki story puri ki .Vanhi Zee news ke sath bhi kuch estarah ka hi mamla hua; dophar ke karib 2:30 baje news bulleten khatm hone baad camera ko hi lagatar dikhaya gaya jiske dauran anchor ne najane kya-2 bola, ye to sukra tha ki kuch jyada nahi kaha gaya. Ese kiski galti kaha jaye ??????

Eske baad channel wallo ka kya uttardayitva banta hai is samaj ke prati .. .....""

Vipul Chaudhari

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Aaj Is Par Khelenge!

One day one of my friend come to me to know how electronic media work and its terminology, want few names of books too. My first sentence was aaj is par khelenge; the most significant term on the floor of any news channel and its high profile meeting in some channels this type of meeting happend every half an hour.

So what I want to say I spoke top my friend all trems of TV anchor, visual, byte, ptc etc. including 'aaj is par khelenge'.

Any TV person probably denied the significance of this terminology on which the current news channels are running and trying to collect more n more TRP (everybody knows the truth behind TRP ). By the way again i come to 'aaj is par khelenge', there are some examples not going more back dispute on Rakhi sawant's kolhapur stage show, Pramod mahajan's death case which was little down play after Sachin Tendulkar;s b'day, again Rakhi Mika kiss case, meghana naidu stage show, Rahul Mahajan drug case; these are few examples which are on aired on this technology 'aaj is par khelenge'.

I dont want to go in deep why it happend and how it will stop, but surely we will watch every coming day News Channels playing the game of 'Aaj is par khelte hain'. But yes, I want to alert seniors who are leading the present scenario, You are giving wrong message to next generation enjoy everybody because hum 'aaj is par khelenge'.


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Thursday, June 22, 2006

An Open Letter To Ashutosh, the Managing Editor of Channel 7

Dear Ashutosh (to be more specific, Managing Editor of Channel 7)...

This is an open letter to you regarding your article appeared in the daily Hindustan on June 22, 06 in which you have commented on the people who are crying over the current media scenario. You have tried to prove that all these people are damn fools and news channels are absolutely correct in the realm of the changing face of Hindustan.

Before saying anything on your article, first of all I would like to ask that have you written this article on behalf of a mediaperson/journalist or a representative of All India Congress Committe? I know that you belong to the same category of people who bend their backs according to the wind's velocity. I am asking this because I know that you are a well read person but it is not expected from you that you target marxism while writing on media issue or vice versa. You have tried to run away from the reality check while writing on such an important issue. You have just superficially touched the micro level happenings in the media as well as the ideological world. Otherwise you would not have written that after 1990, marxism got shattered. My dear, at least a simple reader like me knows the difference between marxism and the social structure built on its tenets like Soviet Russia. Shattering of Soviet Russia does not necessarily provide you with a cunning and clever clue that marxism is shattered.
Just clean your Samajhdaani. You talked of the disappearing divisive line between left and right. I think that people like you who don't have the complete understanding of the issues and ideology talk like this like a layman. I know that you have not fallen prey to some post-modernist like Sudheesh Pachauri. May be at night, you had accidently read some excerpts from any post-modernist writer, but that doesn't mean you write any rubbish in the newspaper like Hindustan.

And my dear, mind it, newspaper is not a place of avenging someone and crying over the things against which you have serious/non-serious complaints. It is the conveyer of information and ideas; and a person of your stature if says that the difference between right and left has been over, it counts. Not because you are more learned and more read than Namwar Ji, Sudheesh Ji or anyone else, just because you have a face value.

Now, coming to the point, media is not a spilt milk that anyone crying over it is useless. As you said. It is a medium in process, specially electronic media which is still in the nascent stage at least in India. If people are having complaints and they are reaching to the media's office, this is a very healthy sign of democracy. Don't you think by rejecting these people's viwpoint, you are getting leaned towards those male chauvinistic (in your words only) half pantees shouting a fascist slogan only taking the ambush of a mass media?

Yes, if you go in detail in the post modernist theory, you will get to find that post modernism is basically a neo-democratic version of Fascism only, which is necessarily against Marxism. So I will not get panicked if you fall an unconscious prey to these ideologies. TV media is a viscious circle which never gives you a space to think over something. Only reactions, bytes and VO's...which have you have exactly shitted in your article.

I will not abuse you, as you have done to some concerned persons. Rather I request you to please use a vacuum cleaner to clean up your mind blog. I don't think this is a very tough work in the company of Rajdeep. You can take assistance from those people also whom you have assisted not to cry over media as India is changing. I expect that you must have read Bertolt, today at least people are speaking out. When they will come for you, no one will remain alive to express solidarity with you. Only in this selfish context, I hope that you will try to understand the aggrievance of any one who will come next time to your office. As far as I am concerned, I have only one small aggrievance against your Channel 7...I have not yet got my cheque which I deserved as I was called as a guest in your channel's morning show. I think in December. You can confirm this from Smita, Setu or Rudra.

Last but not the least, sometimes go out of your office premises and visit Sector-16 of Noida. You will get to know, how much India has changed. Just standing in the studio and shouting on behalf of D's sister (to which no one has least concern) ...Bhai, Mujhe Bacha not the whole world. It is outside newsroom, studio and most importantly the people who cry over the milk which will certainly get spilt if left in the custody of cunning cats like you. God help you...

To view Ashutosh's article go to the following link or paste it in your browser.,00830001.htm

Tuesday, June 20, 2006



Anil Chamaria, Feelance Journalist
Jitendra Kumar, Independent Researcher
Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, CSDS


India's 'national' media lacks social diversity, it does not reflect
the country's social profile

Hindu upper caste men dominate the media. They are about 8 % of India's
population but among the key decision makers of the national media their
share is as high as 71 %.

Gender bias rules: only 17 % of the key decision makers are women.
Their representation is better in the English Electronic media (32 %).

Media's caste profile is equally unrepresentative. 'Twice born' Hindus
(dwijas comprising Brahmins, Kayasthas, Rajputs, Vaishyas and Khatris) are
about 16 % of India's population, but they are about 86 % among the key
media decision makers in this survey. Brahmins (including Bhumihars and
Tyagis) alone constitute 49% of the key media personnel.

Dalits and adivasis are conspicuous by their absence among the decision
makers. Not even one of the 315 key decision makers belonged to the
Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes.

The proportion of OBCs is abysmally low among the key decision makers
in the national media: they are only 4 % compared to their population of
around 40 % in the country.

Muslims are severely under-represented in the national media: they are
only 3 % among the key decision makers, compared to 13.4% in the country's

Christians are proportionately represented in the media (mainly in the
English media): their share is about 4 per cent compared to their population
share of 2.3 %

Social groups that suffer 'double disadvantage' are also nearly absent
among the key decision makers: there are no women among the few OBC decision
makers and negligible backwards among the Muslims and Christians.

These findings are based on a survey of the social background of 315
key decision makers from 37 'national' media organizations (up to 10 key
decision makers from each organisation) based in Delhi. The survey was
carried out by volunteers of Media Study Group between 30 May and 3 June

The survey was designed and executed by Anil Chamaria, Feelance
Journalist, and Jitendra Kumar, Independent Researcher, from Media Study
Group and Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, CSDS.

Survey methodology:

For this survey 40 'national' media organizations located in Delhi were
identified. These included all the major news papers, news magazines, radio
channels, television channels and news agencies that could be said to have a
national spread. Of these information could be obtained about 37
organizations. For this purpose different publications or channels of the
same media house have been treated as different organizations.
For each of these organizations we sought information on the top 10 'key
decision makers' who matter in deciding the news and editorial policy of the
organization. For each of these persons thus identified, information was
collected on their social profile in terms of their gender, age, religion,
caste/community, mother tongue and state of domicile. The information was
available for 315 key decision makers. This was gathered by a group of
volunteers of the Media Study Group. Since the information was gathered not
by face-to-face interview but by speaking to colleagues and other
informants, the data here may contain some errors.


Gender Profile

Men Women

Print Hindi 86 % 14 %
Print English 84 % 16 %
Electronic Hindi 89 % 11 %
Electronic English 68 % 32 %
All 83 % 17 %

Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh

Share in India's population 81 % 13 % 2 % 2 %
Print Hindi 97 % 2 % 0 % 0%
Print English 90 % 3 % 4 % 0%
Electronic Hindi 90 % 6 % 1 % 0%
Electronic English 85 % 0 % 13 % 2 %
All 90 % 3 % 4 % 1 %

Caste-community profile

Brahmin Kayastha Vaishya/Jain Rajput Khatri Non dwija uppercaste OBC
Print Hindi 59 % 9 % 11 % 8 % 5 % 0 8 %
Print English 44 % 18 % 5 % 1 % 17 % 5 % 1 %
Electronic Hindi 49 % 13 % 8 % 14 % 4 % 0% 4 %
Electronic English 52 % 13 % 2 % 4 % 4 % 4 % 4 %
All 49 % 14 % 7 % 7 % 9 % 2 % 4 %

Caste-Community profile compared to population share
Caste/community group
Share in India's population
Share in key media personnel

'Twice born' Hindus (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, others) 16 % 85 %
'Intermediary' Hindu castes (Jat, Reddy, Maratha, Patel, etc.) 8 % 3%

Hindu OBC
34 %
4 %

13 % 4 %

2 % 3 %

2 % 1 %

16 % 0 %

8 % 0 %

Note: Figures for population share are based on Census of India 2001 and
estimates generated by National Election Study 2004 of CSDS.

Share of Hindu upper caste men
Share in population 8 %
Share in key decision makers in the media 71 %

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kyo Chal rahe hai NEWS CHANNEL!

Article in Roman Language(Hindi)

Ise kya kahenge, kam kapdo me nache gane wali Rakhi Sawant har doosre din tamam news channlo par najar aati hai, kabhi kam kapdo par hue vivad ke karan, kabi chuma chati ke liye! Kya ye masla itna mahatvapurna hai ki tamam TV channel ise tavajjo de! Kya darshak is hetu news channelo ko dekhe.

Ravivar(11/6/06) ke din ki shuraut hi is masle se hue ki 'mika' naam ke ek Punjabi gayak ke janmdin ke party me usne rakhi sawant ko jabardasti kiss kiya ya nahi! Hay re patrakarita, kya is dristi ko lekar ye channel chalane vale hame khabar de rahe hai. Film nirmata kehte hain ki janta nagnta dekhna chahti hai, so hum dikha rahe hain, kya tv news channel bhi yehi tark denge!

Poore bharat aur world ke kuch desh in channelo ko dekh rahe hain. Kya chavi jayegi? kya socha jayega? kabhi bharat ka sach goan, bailgadi aur sapere(village, bullockcart and snakecharmer ) hua karte the, aj badan dikhau log aur remix culture hi pehchan banti najar aati hai. Kaun jimmedar lagta hain? .Bilashak 'darshak' aur 'bazaar'.

Darshak ne samvedna kho di, jo bhi dikhaya ja raha hai use vo kubool kar raha hai, vanhi bazaar ko utpaad bechna hai, isliye har khabar me endorsemsnt ki boo aati hai. Isi beech me ek manak hai TRP. Ye shabd aur iske mayane itne prabhavi hai ki har channel ke iske samne sab mulya aur moral bekar.Yani kahi na kahi revenue ki majboori hai!

Par kya is sabke chalte kisi peshe ke swaroop badal gaya hai! Kya marketing ne utpad bechna band kar diya hai, isi tarah patrakarita ka mool udeshaya kahan hain? Kaun tey karega kya dikhaya jaye, kya nahi? Kya darshak kabhi is stithi me hoga ki vo virodh kar sakega, ki isse hamare mulya nast ho rahe hain. Jahir hai jaroorat aan padi hai ki darshak aur prasarak ke beech 'pardarshita' aur 'sampark' khula hona chaiye. Jawabdehi tey honi chaiye. Kyonki agar ap apne labh ke liye koi upkram chala rahe hain to bhi, labh ka hakh apke parivar ko milna chaiye, channel wale kya labh me hai? Sawal ye hai!


Saturday, June 03, 2006

What constitutes media!

What expectations do you have with your media? Surely objectivity, credibility and diversity are the first thing, you have in your mind. What exactly do you frame? Galvanized role is the prerequisite. And, sorry to tell you that the constitution of our mainstream, if we can say, is not like our country. Casteism, nepotism, regionalism and many 'ism' are following the media. Read out for more eye opening:

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