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One of the bad practices that affects the quality of journalism is the over reliance on anonymous sources for even a simple, straightforward story. This notorious practice is on the rise, undermin... »
In the early 1980s, I did a series of interviews with writers. It was an interesting exercise in more than one sense. Apart from their writing techniques and their literary preoccupations, some of... »
What makes a newspaper different from a consumer product? How does it become a public institution, a common good, and a public sphere despite private ownership of the paper? Though there are no pr... »
The overwhelming response to my column last week, “Righteous rage or P... »
The present raging controversy over “spot-fixing” in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has occupied a major part of the news coverage over the past two weeks. Given the cult status of the game here,... »
Last week more than 40 news ombudsmen from across the world met at Los Angeles for three days discussing the challenges facing not just news ombudsmen but journalism in its entirety. There were so... »
One of my earlier columns, the gender lens, was about insensitive reporting (October 22, 2012... »
There is rich oeuvre of literature about what constitutes public interest in journalism and there are innumerable manuals for journalistic ethics and best practices. Some of the defining moments i... »
Last week on May 3, there were meetings, conferences, seminars, symposiums and demonstrations across the world to mark the World Press Freedom day. I was invited by UNESCO for a conference on “Rur... »
I respond in three ways to queries from readers — generic questions are answered in my weekly column, errors are corrected and clarifications given on weekdays, and in specific cases, I reply to t... »
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