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Tuesday, at The Hindu

 

It is gratifying that The Hindu has elevated its readership outreach to a level of radical transparency (‘From the Readers’ Editor’, “Dialogue to bridge divides”, October 7). Adding a third tier to its ongoing dialogue with readers, the Open House and the weekly ‘Notebook’ column being the other two, the proposed monthly and twice-a-day access for selected readers to the newsroom, stands out for its bold innovativeness. This unique experiment, that very few newspapers have ever attempted, is journalistic territory that is zealously guarded and usually out of bounds for outsiders. No matter how many columns the Readers’ Editor may write, it is a thankless task to try to explain the ethical and professional underpinnings of news selection, news-production, and story-writing to a staggeringly diverse readership, many of whom tend to judge the print media by the standards followed by cacophonous broadcasters and a divisive social media. There is no better alternative than a first-hand experience of the newsroom activities to educate readers about the tremendous pressures that editors face in prioritising news and stories while simultaneously ensuring that the newspaper gets delivered at our doorsteps the next day with its staple offerings — a fact that readers take for granted.

V.N. Mukundarajan,

Thiruvananthapuram

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