Saturday, December 10, 2005

Dead farmers and the media

I like this by Sonia Faleiro , a Mumbai-based journalist and this by Hemangini Gupta, yet another journalist.
There are too many stories slipping through the cracks because media houses are too busy chasing the presumed interests of their target audience.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Payal said...

The priorities of the media are anybody's guess! You just have to read ToI to figure out how off the mark they are about the "presumed interests" of the target audience!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous shilpa said...

When Sainath wrote "Everybody Loves a Good Drought" back in the early 90s, reporting on rural India was an anamoly. and it still is, going by what these guys have written about... btw, not sure if these stories made it to pg 1 anywhere and online stories don't count. media houses would rather spend resources on pg.3 instead.

12:55 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

My fav writers too..

7:46 PM  
Anonymous hathirpithi said...

Payal, Shilpa: Totally agree. But I also think this P3 thing is a phase. Give it time and people will tire ofit, if they haven't already. Only problem is the bigger the media house, the slower their reaction to change.
Anthony: Yup, they write well. But more importantly, they have something to say and they say it well

9:17 AM  
Blogger Apoplexy said...

Lol..if those were your examples of "sensitive" writing....Vishnu save you.These elements( and I say this as a fact) change their media affiliations every now and then...you might think because of ideological issues...no sir, for higher pay packets..ask around.After all sadness and despair also has its niche audience and there are elements ready to make moolah out of anything.Whoever got a raise for sticking to guns.Ask these questions and may be the heroic elements with "alternative" articles would look so "alternative" after all.

5:57 PM  

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