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The news media sector, as an industry, has an unenviable record of squandering opportunities to put in place a regulatory framework that simultaneously guards the freedom of expression and ensures... »
Repetition is an aesthetic device in music and poetry. But, it becomes untidy and jarring in journalism where space is premium. I have written a couple of columns and a number of clarifications on... »
Steve Coll, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and former Managing Editor of The Washington Post, is an inspiring journalism teacher. He is, in a sense, the in... »
The year 2009 was a defining 12 months for Indian journalism in more than one sense. While the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power with an increased majority, it started to lose it... »
One of the biggest incentives of being a Readers’ Editor (RE) is the chance it affords me to think about the process of news making in its entirety, on a regular basis. As a reporter and later as a... »
Jeffrey Dvorkin, the former executive director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, has written a valuable user’s guide, The Modern News Ombudsman. He has cited instances where an ombudsm... »
One of the frequent questions I encounter is whether I miss reporting momentous events and whether ombudsmanship can be a substitute for the excitement of being a live wire reporter. The joy of r... »
This column was written on Saturday, September 20, 2014, when The Hindu turned 136. It is a long and eventful journey for this legacy newspaper. It recognises that journalism is a dynamic pr... »
There are moments when the use of a particular image triggers a debate. Readers question the appropriateness of the photograph. The world of journalism was in a state of dilemma when the images of... »
One of the tasks I perform as the Readers’ Editor is to follow what Walter Lippmann prescribed in his 1920 classic, Liberty and the News: to share news about the news-making process. He wro... »
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