Flickr photo by Matt Callow So everyone's naturally been asking what's different about journalism in India than here in America. Well, for the most part it's the same. There are only some differences I noticed: As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a clear difference in the way photojournalism is approached. In fact,… Continue reading Black and white and read all over
Two weeks ago, Chennai readers were shocked to see in the paper a doctored photo of two mynah birds appear on the second page of The Hindu.While the Editor-in-chief apologized immediately following the complaints from readers who said the image was obviously tampered with, today, in his ONLINE AND OFF LINE column, the Readers' Editor… Continue reading The mynah incident
If there's one thing journalists hate hearing from their sources it's the dreaded "this is off the record," as if that in itself makes the source immune to attacks, questions and criticisms. Some people may think "off the record" comments make the information useless. Not quite. Usually this information at least provides better perspective for… Continue reading Scribbled in the margin: "off the record" information
On Monday, I received a call from someone whom, I am ashamed to say, I had completely forgotten about. Her voice was pleading on the phone: "Amritha, what happened? I have no electricity, the heat is unbearable, and I have nowhere to go. Please, let my story be heard by someone." My heart sank. This… Continue reading At The Hindu/At IBN: What do we owe our sources?
I want to preface this post by saying Vel Tech was established 15 years ago and became a deemed technical university in October 2008. As a journalism student at UF, I prided myself in never having made a fact error. Professors would always remind us that fact errors would knock 50 points off of our… Continue reading The black and white of journalism