Covering Poverty

Don’t shoot the messenger


Critics of the reporter who filmed Dana Majhi carrying his dead wife have no idea what his working conditions are like.


TV choices the poor make

BY The Hoot| IN BOOKS |01/09/2014

What is monetarily beneficial for broadcasters is less so for viewers who earn very little, some of them reported cutting back on food and savings to meet the increased costs of watching television post digitisation.


Off the mark


With Rs 27 and Rs 33 as the poverty line for rural and urban areas being debated once again, and a Congress spokesperson putting the price of a meal at Rs 5 in Delhi and Rs 12 in Mumbai, the media did an odd thing. Reporters rushed to restaurants and..


When the hungry go on hunger strike

BY Seema Kamdar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/06/2010

Why can't media houses keep up a relentless coverage on the unseen and ongoing disaster of hunger -- give voices and faces to the voiceless and faceless who live and die in our villages?


Rice schemes and media cynicism


Why are any populist measures by the government, especially those benefitting the poor, always criticised by the media?


Playing politics with malnutrition


The media have ignored poverty-driven malnutrition among the women of Gujarat while dealing with Narendra Modi's"beauty" statement.


Mothers and daughters give voice to tribals


There are at least 15 tribal women and girls reporting from Bastar and other areas of Chhattisgarh.


Such deprivation is ugly

BY Rupashree Nanda| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/04/2008

The young woman who won this year’s Chameli Devi Award describes what it is like to report on excruciating poverty and come back feeling inadequate and defeated.


Media, masses, government, all ignore rural issues

BY Aman Namra| IN BOOKS |07/03/2005

A study on media coverage of developmental issues in the three new states reveals public as well as media apathy towards the plight of people living in rural areas.


Grassroots journalism in Chittoor

BY Usha Revelli| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |09/02/2005

Rural women, mostly Dalits, handle all the reporting, writing, editing, layout, artwork, photography and even circulation.


The print media and the poorest districts of Jharkhand

BY sudhir pal| IN BOOKS |25/11/2003


Buying children in Orissa A valid way to focus on starvation


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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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