BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |06/12/2017
As statistics grow more important in public debates, here is an analysis of how the media covered – or muddled - the latest crime figures
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |19/11/2017
Holes, slanted and selective fact-picking, and weak analysis contributed to projecting an overly positive image for the PM and BJP
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |12/11/2017
Two aspects of partisan commentary stood out: adjectives coupled with decontextualised statistics create an illusion of success, and favourable “facts” are mentioned in numbers, whereas inconvenient ones are stated in words.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN BOOKS |11/10/2017
What are the constraints and dilemmas of newspapers in the North East as they seek to cover current and ancient conflicts? A new book has insights.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |14/06/2017
How the “national” media covered it. Both Hindu and ToI chose to give more space to violence, disruption, and political intrigue in their limited coverage.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |14/06/2017
Covering Nagaland’s anti-women’s reservation agitation - Part II. Local coverage lacked in investigation and ground interviews.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |16/09/2015
The media coverage of the Census data on religion focused on the timing of its release and the politically controversial aspects. Many deeper and more complex layers were totally ignored.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |03/12/2014
Despite being the lingua franca of Nagaland, Nagamese has been ignored and neglected as a pidgin language.
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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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