Author: Nalini Rajan
Translator(s)/ Edito: Nalini Rajan
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-7619-3562-2
The Indian media is witnessing an explosive situation with newspaper and magazine circulations increasing in great numbers and television news channels – in both English and regional languages – going up by the day. Internet new portal, too, are recording a good number of hits.
Journalism, then, holds tremendous promise for both seasoned and budding journalists. However, behind every promise, there lurk dangers and temptations, which must be scrupulously avoided if the basic values of the profession are to be safeguarded. Otherwise, the relentless spotlight of criticism will turn on journalism and its practitioners.
This is a path-breaking book that looks at the practices and theories of journalism in the 21st century. This collection of writings by practicing journalists is perhaps unique in that they have turned the spotlight on their own profession.
The volume is thematically divided into four sections:
Representing the Unrepresented deals with media representation of largely ignored sections of society , such as homosexuals, Dalits and other minorities or weaker groups.
The Plurality of Practice studies the coverage of vital areas such as economics, legal issues, science, arts and culture, and humor
Media in Perspective looks at different kinds of journalists practices, including photojournalism
Future Trends discusses newer forms of journalism, like blogging and citizen journalism.
This book is essential reading for informed/interested general reader.
Introduction – Nalini Rajan
PART I: REPRESENTING THE UNREPRESENTED
The Gender Factor
The Problem with Media Reportage of Queer Lives
At Least some Children get ‘Mosambi’
Some of the Time
The Unwritten Writing: Dalits and the Media
What is the Spanish Word for Appeasement?
PART II: THE PLURALITY OF PRACTICE
Economics through Journalism
V K Natraj
Media freedom and the Right to Privacy
Exposing the Media Spiel on rural Women
Writing Science: Breaking the Language Barrier
The Arts Beat! Feel the Heat!
Writing on Art
Pun Job, Sind, Gujarat, Maratha:
Humour in Indian Journalism
PART III: MEDIA IN PERSPECTIVE
The Information Revolution and the
Emerging Media Ecology
In Your Face! Teaching Broadcast Journalism
My Days at Sun TV
A S Panneerselvan
Prescribed Truth, Licensed Freedom:
The press in Post-Mahathir Malaysia
Mustafa K Anuar
When the News Desk Makes the News
The Relevance of the Metro Section
PART IV: FUTURE TRENDS
Journalism: the practice and Potential
Subramaniam and Ashwin Mahesh
Citizen Journalism and the new Media
Online Journalism in India: 2000 to 2005 and Beyond
Caught in the Net
Blogging – A New Paradigm in Journalism
Tell Me a Story: Writing and Teaching Narrative
India: A Billion Testimonies Now
About the Editor and Contributors