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A Handbook of Journalism

A Handbook of Journalism
Media in the Information Age

First Edition
Edited by:
  • V. Eshwar Anand - Professor, Journalism and Media Studies
  • K. Jayanthi - Senior Deputy Editor, Frontline, The Hindu Group of Publications, Chennai

March 2018 | 380 pages | SAGE India

Journalism as a discipline is becoming increasingly important today. It has to contend with new challenges such as the explosion of social media, heightened commercial competition in the mainstream media and the emergence of the media as a powerful actor in public policy and governance. The confluence of these factors calls for fresh thinking about the teaching and practice of journalism. 

A Handbook of Journalism: Media in the Information Age not only helps readers to understand today’s media environment but also prepares them to face the existing challenges. Distinguished editors, experts, academics and journalists join to examine these challenges from various angles, including some of the major contemporary trends, issues and processes in governance, institutions, administration and development, among others. The book fairly and objectively discusses a critical discipline that is at the crossroads.

Daya Kishan Thussu
V Eshwar Anand
Introduction: New Challenges, New Roles
SECTION I: Editors’ Experiences
B G Verghese
The Last Word
Hiranmay Karlekar
Playing Little Games
H K Dua
Credibility Is the Key
Hari Jaisingh
Reaching Out to People
Dileep Padgaonkar
Coping with the Times
Raj Chengappa
Who Gives a Damn?
SECTION II: Digital Media
Charusudan Kasturi
Online Challenges
Ranjona Banerji
The Talking Point
Pooja Valecha
Old Dynamics, New Approaches
Sushobhan Patankar
Multimedia Mosaic
Soli J Sorabjee
Free Speech
S Y Quraishi
Elections and the Media
Shashikala Gurpur
Risky Choice
SECTION IV: Special Areas
V Eshwar Anand
The Sanctum Sanctorum: Edit Page Specialisation
Neerja Chowdhury
Keeping Confidences: Political Reporting
Kamlendra Kanwar
Monetised Media: Media Ethics
Gagan Prakash and Manju Singh
Blurring the Lines: Visual Journalism
Ruchi Jaggi
The Probing Mind: Research in Journalism
Abhay Vaidya
The Big Story: Investigative Journalism
H K Dua
Areas of Neglect: Media and Development
V Eshwar Anand
Partner in Development: Development Journalism
K Jayanthi
On the Ecological Footprint: Media and Environment
Yogesh Patil, Sneha Kumari and Gahana Gopal
Smart Initiatives: Smart Cities
SECTION V: Reporting and Editing
Vinaya Hegde
Keeping It Simple: Techniques of Editing
Amar Chandel
Word Artist at Work: Subeditor’s Role
Uttam Sen
Newsmakers at The Statesman: Desk’s Duties
Uttam Sengupta
Chasing the Story: Reporter’s Responsibilities
Ramesh Menon
The Adventure of Reporting: Reporting and Writing

Journalism is reinventing itself today; more profoundly, all citizens in contemporary democracies need to rediscover the rationale for why journalism should be supported and funded. India as the world’s largest democracy is a hugely important site for such rethinking. This vital new book draws together a wide range of experts and thinkers to address the challenges of journalism in the digital age. I urge you to read it!

Dr Nick Couldry,
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science

It will inspire young journalists with the sense of mission that goes withempowering readers with the facts needed for informed decisions. Its
emphasis on the Editor’s role maintaining standards is timely. Industry’srush to monetise every page, channel and digital feed is perilously shortsighted. Journalism’s currency, as the authors point out, rests on accuracy, deep reporting and a keen grasp of the storyteller’s art. Marketing
teams can’t supply that; the Editor does.

Dr Brian Patrick O’Donoghue,
Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

It is a creative conversation between the practitioners and academia in journalism studies. Journalism teaching in India is obsessed with ‘training’ rather than a ‘studies’ orientation. Distinguished practitioners and academia rarely reflect on their experiences and introspect on their profession. Much has changed in journalism because of its nature, increasing competition and the rent-seeking behaviour. It would be an interesting book for students of journalism and communication studies.

Dr Biswajit Das,
Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Media in the digital age is rapidly evolving, but many of the challenges that journalism faces are not very well understood by the wider public or
by media professionals themselves. Given the breadth of topics it seeks to address, this handbook will be a valuable addition to existing literature
on the subject.

Siddharth Varadarajan,
Founding Editor, The Wire, and former Editor, The Hindu

Any attempt at making sense of the proliferation of media in the digital era is welcome. Print still retains its primacy despite social media and other offshoots. Principles of good journalism remain the same: integrity and competence.

S. Nihal Singh,
former Editor, The Statesman and The Indian Express, and Distinguished Columnist

‘This vital new book draws together a wide range of experts and thinkers to address the challenges of journalism in the digital age. I urge you to read it!’

Dr Nick Couldry,
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science

V. Eshwar Anand

V. Eshwar Anand was a senior Editor with an academic bent of mind. He did his BA (honours with distinction) from Rayagada Autonomous College, Odisha, and MA, MPhil and PhD in political science from Berhampur University with a fellowship from the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad.He held senior editorial positions in the Indian Express, Deccan Herald (both Bengaluru) and the Tribune (Chandigarh). Before joining the Indian Express in 1987 and as a research scholar, Dr Anand contributed Edit Page articles in the Statesman and Hindustan Times.He was a specialist in public administration and... More About Author

K. Jayanthi

Jayanthi Krishnamachary, co-editor of this volume, is a senior Editor in print journalism with over three decades of experience. An alumnus of Madras Christian College, she has an MA in English and holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism.She started her career in journalism with a brief stint in the Mail in Chennai. She moved to Bengaluru in 1981 to join the Indian Express where she left an indelible impression as desk chief, at the mofussil desk and news desk.She moved to the Indian Express, Chennai, in 1990, where she rose to the position of Deputy News Editor. In addition to her various... More About Author

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