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Gaza TV Debate Ends With Journalist Throwing Chair

July 22, 2014

The attack on Gaza is a globally divisive issue, most acutely felt in the region. This was evident in a recent debate on Jordanian TV, which touched not only the Israeli offensive but also the similarly discordant topic of Syria.

According to The Huffington Post, the debate proved too much for journalist Shaker al-Johari, who decided the best way to solve the dispute, was to throw first water and then a chair at his opponent, lawyer and activist Samih Khrais. The host did his utmost to separate the stocky aggressor from his slighter nemesis. To conclude the brawl, al-Johari tossed a pen and then adjusted his trousers.

Ex-Journalist Letizia Ortiz is Spain's First Commoner Queen

June 21, 2014

A divorced former journalist, Letizia Ortiz, became Spain's first commoner queen on Thursday when her husband, Felipe VI, was sworn in as king.

Felipe, 46, became king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated earlier this month following a series of scandals and a period of poor health.
advertisement. Ortiz, daughter of a journalist and a nurse and the granddaughter of a taxi-driver,dated Felipe in secret before their engagement was announced in November 2003. Theymet at a dinner organised by a journalist friend.

Born in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo in 1972, Ortiz worked as a journalist at newspapers La Nueva España and ABC, as well as at news agency EFE before TV channels at Bloomberg, CNN+ and Spain's state TV company Television Española.

She worked in Mexico for Siglo XXI and covered stories such as the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Iraq war.

Paper Published on Portrayal of Journalists in Hindi Cinema

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 19, 2013

While journalists prior to the 1980s were not the favoured subjects around which to revolve a film script, since the 1990s they have increasingly become the focus of film makers. This is mostly due to the proliferation of television and the glamour associated with today’s journalists and media. Plus, the news media have a far reaching impact on society and this has created certain public perceptions about journalists, which in turn find a reflection in the scripts of Bollywood. Two young London-based Indian journalists, Ruhi Khan (formerly of Hindustan Times, Mumbai Mirror & NDTV) and her husband Danish Khan (formerly of Mid-Day and Mumbai Mirror), have recently analysed 33 films over the last 30 years and written a paper for the journal “The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture” published by the University of Southern California at Annenberg.

Ruhi and Danish Khan have analysed 33 films from 1981 to 2011, ranging from “Mr. India” to “Rockstar,” where the role of the journalist or media has been important in the film’s narrative script or has been entrenched in public memory for its journalistic aspects.

The paper, "From Romeo to Rambo: Popular Portrayals of Journalists in Bollywood Cinema", has revealed five popular representations of the journalist that they have classified as romantic companion, glamour chaser, investigative superhero, power magnate, and brainless mouthpiece.

Films such as Mr. India (1987), Sachche Ka Bol Bala (Truth Triumphs, 1989), Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin (The Heart Does Not Listen, 1991), Mohra (Pawn, 1994), Dil Se (From the Heart, 1998), Wajood (Existence, 1998), Mission Kashmir (2000), Elaan (Manifesto, 2005) and Krrish (2006) have been discussed in the romantic companion category.

The films feature the glamour chaser include Page 3 (2005), C Kkompany (2008), Tere Bin Laden (2010), Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008), Halla Bol (2008), Rockstar (2011), Krrish (2006), Delhi 6 (2009), and Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010),

The Investigative Superhero category have discussed the role of investigative journalist finds two extremes in the 30 year period studied. In the first extreme, shown in such films as Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Tridev (1989), Pratibandh (1990), and Krantiveer (1994). The journalist makes powerful enemies in the course of his or her investigative work, just like a superhero who takes on the bad guys. The movies include Guru (2007), Kurbaan (2009), Kabul Express (2006), No One Killed Jessica (2010), and Rann (2010).

Seven films, including Rann (2010), Main Azaad Hoon (1989), Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), Nayak (2001), Guru (2007), Rang de Basanti (2006), and New Delhi Times (1986) fall into the power magnate category.

The Brainless Mouthpiece category, where journalists are shown as brainless twits who simply follow instructions, bytes, or gossip without questioning anything, include Peepli Live, A Wednesday (2008), Halla Bol (2008),Delhi 6 (2009).

To read the full paper, click HERE

A vibrating pen that spots spelling mistakes

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Feb 6, 2013

A pen is being developed and designed by German company Lernstift to help you write more quickly and more accurately.It has been designed in such a way that it will vibrate to tell users when they will make a spelling mistake.

According to an article in The Telegraph, the prototype device is programmed to recognise movements associated with each letter form. If it detects a deviation in either spelling or grammar it gives a gentle buzz to bring the writer back on track.

The inventors will launch a crowdfunding project, financed by donations from the public who support the concept behind the invention during February to raise money to develop and market the idea, said the report.

TV news anchors asked to cut hair short

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 22, 2012

In a cut-throat competition of TV news channels, besides the content, the style and look of news presenters also matter. This is what head honchos of the channels feel. A few years back a Hindi TV news channel had pulled up many senior journalists for having gutka/pan masala. The channel did not want to see the 'yellow taint' in the teeth of its presenters. Anchors working for Bloomberg TV India has now got a similar order from their bosses. They have been asked to cut their hair short, failing which they will be taken off air or fired.

According to media insiders, on December 19, anchors received an e-mail with pictures of Emma Watson, Lara Dutta and two others, all with shoulder-length hair. The pictures are supposed to serve as reference hair styles.

Media should be free from external pressures: Aamir Khan

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 8, 2012

Speaking at the Agenda Aaj Tak in New Delhi on Friday, actor Aamir Khan said Indian media should report without any external pressures.

"I think it is up to us and people to decide how we portray what is happening. News is about reporting and with what perception you want to report. Different people have different perceptions," said the actor.

"All of us, and even media houses, want to report responsibly, without any external pressure and if that can happen, we would be very happy. I believe media is very more powerful than before. It has power to bring big changes and simultaneously the responsibility also increases. Media plays a dynamic role. We are in that age where communication is very advanced and the meaning of mass communication has changed because of internet," Amir said.

Aamir Khan appears on cover of Time magazine

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 1, 2012

Aamir Khan has become the fourth Bollywood star, after Parveen Babi, Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan, to be featured on the cover page of reputed Time magazine following the huge success of his TV show Satyamev Jayate.

Amir is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the magazine with the caption Khan's Quest. The blurb says - He's breaking the Bollywood mould by tackling India's social evils. Can one actor change a nation?

The cover story of the July 1976 issue of Time was about 'Asia's Frenetic Film Scene,' and'India's Parveen Babi' was chosen as representative.

In 2003, Time selected Aishwarya Rai for its cover as 'New Face Of Film,' leading 'the invasion as Bollywood goes global and becomes hip.'

In 2004, Shah Rukh Khan appeared on the cover of a special issue that looked at 'Asia's Heroes: 20 Under 40.'

The other Indians who featured on Time's cover include Mahatma Gandhi, Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narendra Modi.

Mahatma Gandhi had appeared on the Times's cover three times.

Indian media is cruel, says Freida Pinto

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, May 25, 2012

‘Slumdog Millionaire' star Freida Pinto has called Indian media ‘cruel’, while talking to The Daily Telegraph. “I’ve realised they’re cruel about everyone. They love to hate and make other people hate as well, which is sad as most of the stories are untrue or misconstrued,” said Freida, recalling being mocked for her accent, and calling Mumbai by its original name.

She said,"I don`t have a Twitter or Facebook account because if I did, I`d be constantly using them to justify what has been written about me in the press. It does get frustrating sometimes, but you just have to let it die down.”

New mobile devices spur greater news reading

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, March 19, 2012

The spread of m study issued on Monday concluded. The reports find that rather than replacing media consumption on digital devices, people who go mobile are getting news on all their devices.

Many people already make it a habit to check their tablets before going to bed to see what is going to be in a newspaper the next day. The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism

obile technology is adding to news consumption in the United States, a is a comprehensive analysis of the health of journalism in America and also includes special reports on the impact of mobile technology and social media on news.

The Poll Pilgrimage of Senior Editors

By Raza Elahi
March 1, 2012

During the poll season, you must have read many columns and seen TV programmes based on the journalists' tour to the poll-bound areas. Each journalist do his/her reporting in individual capacity for the organisation he/she works. But very few know that for the last one and a half decade some of the country's best-known journalists and columnists (around 15-20) travel in a group to check the pulse of the voters and obviously to predict the people's verdict.
At the end of every trip, the group does a poll. The person whose prediction comes close to the actual results of the election is declared winner.

The group, which include Shekhar Gupta (editor-in-chief, The Indian Express),Arindam Sengupta (executive editor, The Times of India), Radhika and Prannoy Roy (NDTV founders), Columnists Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Surjit Bhalla, former Businessweek journalist Manjeet Kripalani, former BBC journalist Sanjeev Srivastava and psephologist Dorab Sopariwala etc, has covered every Lok Sabha poll and important assembly elections - 19 trips so far.

As per the wishes of the organisers, the tours and information about fellow-travellers rarely get mentioned in media. However, recently, a newspaper report carried some interesting experiences of these high-profile journalists when they went out together on poll pilgrimages, but the reporter's efforts to find out frequent winners among those high-profile journalists were not successful.
This write-up was posted on the writer's blog RAZA SMILES
( on 01.03.2012.

Is flirting really a tool of a journalist's trade?

By Sarah Bell
January 7, 2012

A warning to beware "flirting" journalists has been issued to Metropolitan Police officers amid suggestions reporters may use the tactic to trick them into revealing information.

It sparks images of a predatory hack tossing her hair and winking while urging a police officer to have one last glass of wine in the corner of a dingy bar.But are our law enforcers really putty in the hands of unscrupulous, wily reporters?

The guidance was issued by former parliamentary commissioner for standards Elizabeth Filkin as part of a report commissioned to clean up the relationship between the force and the media in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

Under the heading "ten tactics used by some in the media - beware," it states: "Flirting. Often interlinked with alcohol. Designed to get you to drop your defences and say far more than you intended. Be careful."

But for most people flirting is an innocent act which brightens up daily interaction, according to behavioural psychologist Dr Jane McCartney.

"It takes place all the time, without people being really conscious of it."

There is a fine line between flirting and politeness, such as when men giving up seats on the tube are rewarded with smiles or colleagues giggle over the coffee machine, she says.

But she says it can be used in an overt manner, such as when female reporters posed as constituents to coax Business Secretary Vince Cable into revealing his opinions of coalition policy.

The Daily Telegraph reporters - criticised by the Press Complaints Commission for the undercover sting - were employing some of the feminine charm of which the report warns, Dr McCartney says.

“It is a sexist analysis of the relationship between journalists and police officers”

"He's not the first nor by any means going to be the last. You've got someone who's been pulled in by the attractiveness of a couple of young girls who are playing up to part of his ego," she adds.

So if top politicians can fall foul of the flirt, can the same be said of police officers and detectives?

Not so, according to ex-Metropolitan Police officer Colin Sutton.

The former detective chief inspector, who led the hunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield, describes the flirting reference as "a very odd thing to say".

"I have never known any police officer to suggest that he or she had been flirting with members of the press. I've never come across any suggestion of it. It demeans both police officers and journalists to suggest it does go on," he says.

The guidance uses a hammer to crack a nut, increasing bureaucracy for officers, he says.

"There's a wide difference between what's allegedly happened when a police officer gets money for phone numbers and me having 28 meetings with journalists between the charge and trial of Bellfield, to ensure the coverage reflected the work we had done and reassured the public we knew what we were doing."

BBC correspondent Ben Ando, who has covered murder cases including those of Rose West and Beverley Allit during his 23-year career, feels even more strongly.

"I wouldn't mind if we were talking about primary school teachers or something like that - but this is about people used to dealing with the seedier side of life, senior detectives supposed to be the best at dealing with lying, deviant people," he says.

"The suggestion they're so gullible they can be tricked by a journalist batting her eyes or buying them a pint is as insulting as it is patronising. They are experienced professionals."

He thinks the new guidance is unnecessary and that flirting is an everyday part of business life in all sorts of professions.

"If adults can't be treated like adults and trusted to behave in an adult way then it makes 21st century Britain a sad, petty and overly nanny-ish place. We might as well be at school."

Sandra Laville, crime reporter at the Guardian, says the report was wrong to use the word flirting, calling it "sexist and anachronistic".

"It is a sexist analysis of the relationship between journalists and police officers. Most police officers are men. Most journalists, and particularly most crime correspondents, are men. So who is she accusing of doing the flirting? Female journalists?"

She believes the report's recommendation for police officers to avoid the "fraught issue" of drinking with reporters is similarly misguided.

"Journalists do drink with police officers, lobby journalists drink with politicians, industrial journalists drink with union leaders. It is about building relationships, both with and without alcohol, and building up trust.

"Sometimes meetings lead to news stories. Sometimes it is about understanding the position the police are in, so that as a journalist you can contextualise and report accurately."

For Dr McCartney, to suggest flirting to get information is solely used by women would be a mistaken assumption.

While it is largely a sexual technique, heterosexual men can and do use similar tactics to massage other men's egos to a similar end, she says.

"They are not made to feel powerful, or in control, or 20 years younger in the same way. It's more matey, things like 'that's a fine set of golf clubs or a great golf swing'," she adds. (Courtesy: BBC News)

Rupert Murdoch opens Twitter account

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, January 2, 2012

The beginning of New Year surprised users of the social networking site Twitter. They found the 80-year-old media tycoon Rupert Murdoch among their ranks.

His tweets (@rupertmurdoch) have been revealing, with the octogenarian writing about his admiration for people ranging from film star George Clooney to Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.

@rupertmurdoch has nearly 40,000 followers. Rupert Murdoch's arrival on Twitter is quite interesting as a Twitter campaign during last year's hacking scandal led to have his paper News of the World closed down.

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wrote: "Welcome to Twitter... @rupertmurdoch. I've left you a Happy New Year message on my voicemail."

@RUPERTMURDOCH: his opening tweets

On bank holiday: Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!

On New Year's Eve: Huge NY eve do. Oligarchs and silicon valley biggies (like Jack [Dorsey]). May. Learn something.

On holidays: "Vacations great time for thinking. St Barth's too many people. Thoughts best kept private around here. Like London!"

On the Republican presidential candidacy: Great oped inWSJ today on Ron Paul. Huge appeal of libertarian message.

On swimming: Great time in sea with young daughters, uboating.

On Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs biog interesting but unfair. Family must hate.

Chelsea Clinton is now NBC special correspondent

Media Hive News Network
Nov 14, 2011

Chelsea Clinton is stepping into the television lights. NBC television announced on Monday that the 31-year-old daughter of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been named a special correspondent for the US network.

"Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News," said an agency report quoting NBC News president Steve Capus.

Clinton will be charged with profiling organizations and individuals “who represent the best of what works in the United States and around the world, frequently emphasizing stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things” for NBC News’s “Making a Difference” segments, the network news operation announced Monday.

Now, a software that turns data into news story

By Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network, Sept 14, 2011

Journalists may have to worry beyond elusive scoop as a newly-developed software can create articles without the need for humans.

Narrative Science (, a Chicago-based start-up, has created software that transforms data into high-quality editorial content. The technology application generates news stories, industry reports, headlines and more — at scale and without human authoring or editing. Narratives can be created from almost any data set, be it numbers or text, structured or unstructured.

The authors of the software don't expect the technology to replace journalists but, say it could assist in widening the breadth of coverage when newsroom budgets are stretched, the Times reports.

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Indian Media Going Gaga Over Hina

By Raza Elahi
July 27, 2011

Pakistan's new foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday amid hopes that the 34-year-old minister is not evidently aligned to the conservative mindset of her predecessors and might bring a refreshing change in diplomacy between the neighbours, has won many fans in India.

Though her political acumen is still untested as she navigates the troubled waters of the India-Pakistan relationship on her first major diplomatic outing, yet the female foreign minister has become talk of the town among Indian fans mainly because of her dress, smile and beauty.

It's not just the general public and twitterati, but the Indian media too, has gone gaga over Hina. Look at the some of the flattering headlines of Indian newspapers on Wendnesday -- Pak Puts On Its Best Face (The Times of India); Pak bomb lands in India (Mumbai Mirror). Though most of the papers carried her photograph on the front page, The Pioneer carried a huge lead vertical picture on its front page. Economic Times's political page carried an info chart with her photo, saying Fresh face, Fresh start.

Hina made her fashion statement marked at the New Delhi airport itself when she landed in a monotone outfit of blue with delicately matched pearl jewellery, sunglasses and oversized Hermes Birkin bag.

As her talks with SM Krishna may not give our mediapersons to write much on diplomacy front, they certainly will continue to write more on Hina's style statement.

This write-up was posted on the writer's blog RAZA SMILES
( on 27.07.2011. The writer can be contacted at

After Facebook for journalists, now Twitter for Newsrooms

Manish Kumar
Media Hive News Network, July 1, 2011

After Facebook for journalists and Linkedin for journalists, now we have Twitter for Newsrooms. Social media company Twitter has recently unveiled a new series of norms for using its messaging service in the newsroom.

Twitter for Newsrooms (hastag #TfN) covers the basics for scribes at any stage of their career, aiming to be a resource for digital newbies as well as wired reporters. The page says, "We want to make our tools easier to use so you can focus on your job: finding sources, verifying facts, publishing stories, promoting your work and yourself—and doing all of it faster and faster all the time.

"We know you come from different generations. Some are native to the pilcrow, others native to the hashtag. You began your careers in different media: radio, print, broadcast, online and mobile. But you share a common bond: the desire to make a difference in the world, bringing reliable information to the communities you serve."

The online guide is broken down into four categories designed to help journalists report, engage with readers, publish and get support when problems arise.

The new entry created something of traffic tsunami, reactions ranged from "Adding to my favorites" to "About time too", causing the site to be slow to load. If you can't view it online, you can see screenshots of it here.

A few topics that would make valuable additions to the guide: how to verify tweets, how to verify Twitter accounts and ethical guidelines for journalists who tweet.

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Murdoch tabloaid apologises To Miller for phone hacking

Media Hive News Network
June 9, 2011

A British tabloid has formally apologised to actress Sienna Miller for hacking into her cell phone messages. Michael Silverleaf, a lawyer for News Group Newspapers, the publisher of The News of The World, offered "sincere apologies" to Miller in London's High Court, reported

According to the report, the company acknowledged that the information obtained through hacking should never have been published. Miller settled the case for 100,000 pounds ($164,500) in damages and costs. A lawyer for Miller said that she was the subject of numerous articles containing "intrusive and private information."

A number of celebrities and public figures have said they were victims of phone hacking by the tabloid. News Group is owned by News International Ltd., a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

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Russian spy is an editor

Media Hive News Network
June 3, 2011

Russia’s most famous spy, Anna Chapman, who was detained for espionage and deported from the US, has been appointed editor-in-chief of a small newspaper in Russia. Chapman announced her new role when she penned a letter to readers, in Russian, that she was hired as editor-in-chief of Venture Business News, a monthly covering venture capital, private equity and M&A.

“I’ve become the chief editor. It’s a small newspaper,” Chapman said, admitting she has no plans yet about her future job. As editor-in-chief, Chapman will be in charge of a new column ‘Field News’ that would discuss major events in the venture and investment business in Russia and abroad.

Chapman and 10 Russians were arrested in the US in June 2010 on allegations of espionage. In July, a month later, they were sent back to Russia in exchange for four men accused by the Kremlin of spying for foreign intelligence services there

Foreign media fails to recognise Bollywood stars at Cannes

Soumyadipta Banerjee
May 21, 2011

Bollywood can go ga ga over their achievements at Cannes, but in reality what Bollywood may have got in the foreign press is a royal snub. As it has turned out, leading photo-agencies and the foreign press have failed to recognise any of the actors from Bollywood barring Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. In fact, actor Saif Ali Khan apparently didn’t have his pictures clicked on the red carpet at all, while actress Sonam Kapoor was captioned as an unidentified guest by a leading news agency.

“Saif never had his photos clicked and distributed by the international media. Nobody recognised him. Other than Aishwarya, nobody even reognised the actors who were walking down the red carpet. Saif was walking on the same day when Antonio Benderas and Salma Hayek were walking so nobody even noticed him,” says an Indian filmmaker who was also present at Cannes.

The worst snub perhaps was when starlet Minissha Lamba was captioned as Aishwarya Rai by another leading photo agency. “The agency has their offices in India also and some of their best photo staffers had gone to cover Cannes. Unfortunately most of them on the red carpet couldn’t figure out who she (Minissha) was,” adds the filmmaker.

Well, last but not the least, Mallika Sherawat in her see-through black dress was identified as actress Stephanie Sigman! Well, nobody had any explanations to that one! (Courtesy: DNA)


A play on journalist who hurled shoe at Bush

Manish Kumar
Media Hive News Network, May 17, 2011

Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi, who hurlied a shoe at US President George Bush, was present at the premiere of The Last Salute, the play that was staged here at Shri Ram Centre in New Delhi on Saturday. The play was based on Zaidi’s Arabic autobiogaphy about events leading to his throwing footwear at George Bush II.

The murder of an eight-year-old Iraqi girl, by American GI’s, after her country’s occupation, was the immediate cause of provocation for the Iraqi journalist to throw a shoe at then US President George Bush at a December 14, 2008 press conference. “Because of this, the world became aware of the child’s story, which had gone ignored when I had used my pen,” said Zaidi.

The play was presented by Mahesh Bhatt in association with Asmita group. Portraying him in the play was Imran Zahid, an upcoming Bollywood actor.

There should be limit to sensational journalism: Farhan

Media Hive News Network
April 18, 2011

Upset over being linked to one of his assistant directors, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has said says there should be a limit to sensational journalism.A leading daily published that Farhan, son of veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, visits his assistant director's house frequently, and that "their closeness is raising eyebrows".

According to the report, Farhan met the lady while she was assisting his sister, Zoya Akhtar on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and later he roped her in as the assistant director of Don 2: The Chase Continues.

However, Farhan has snubbed it. "I'm surprised and upset by the complete disregard of the journalist's sense of ethics and lack of sensitivity to the effect such kind of skewed writing can have on a person's life," said Farhan in the statement.

"There has to be a line drawn between creative sensational journalism and personal attacks, it's just not a news piece here."

Lady Gaga to try her hand at fashion journalism

Media Hive News Network
March 31, 2011

Famous Singer and entrepreneur Lady Gaga will give journalism a try as a new columnist for V magazine.

"I have some exciting news little monsters. I begin next month as a Fashion+Art Columnist for @VMagazine," the pop singer tweeted on Wednesday

The 25-year-old Grammy winner is known for her eclectic fashion choices and outrageous ensembles -- both in onstage performances and her everyday attire developed by her creative team, called the Haus of Gaga.

"V are proud to announce our newest columnist: Lady Gaga! Each issue, Mother Monster will put pen to the page, bringing us an editorial window into her fashion multiverse," the American fashion glossy said in a statement, reported the

Lady Gaga is currently promoting her second studio album "Born This Way," which dropped in early February.

(Posted on March 25, 2011)

Many actresses steping into reporter's shoes

By Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network

Though the trend of Bollywood actoress portraying the role of mediapersons is not new, yet it may not be wrong to say that the recent spurt of News 24x7 channels has made people who matters in Bollywood a sort of news junkies. Now, many actress are steping into mediaperssons shoes.

Minissha Lamba, who had earlier appeared in the role of a print journalist in Shaurya, is now ready to play a television reporter in in Shirish Kunder's Joker. Divya Dutta is also playing a print journalist in her new film 'Monica', which is releasing on Friday. According to Divya, She loved Rani in 'No One Killed Jessica' and was fascinated by Konkona in 'Page 3', but her own role is more complicated than these. Another actress, Shahana, is playing journalist in the forthcoming movies 'Game'

Rani Mukerji had played the role of a bold and fearless mediaperson in Rajkumar Gupta's 'No One Killed Jessica. The title, No One Killed Jessica, is also originally a newspaper headline. Further, two films are being produced on a recent hot news - the Nira Radia tapes-- and the name of one films is likely to be 2G Radia-tion.

Some other actresses who have stepped into journalist's shoes are:

Sridevi (Mr. India, 1987)

Dimple Kapadia (Krantiveer, 1994)

Juhi Chawla, (Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, 2000)

Preity Zinta (Lakshya, 2004)

Soha Ali Khan (Mumbai Meri Jaan, 2008)

Deepal Shaw (A Wednesday, in 2008)

Priyanka Chopra (God Tussi Great Ho)

Kangana Ranaut (Knockout).

Big B Wants to Become a Journalist in Next Life

Media Hive News Network
Feb 28, 2011

Whether it is politician or film star, passion for journalism beats in their heart. First it was politician Ambika Soni and now Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan who have recently shown thier love for journalism. While shooting for Prakash Jha's film, Aarakshan (reservations) in Bhopal, Bachchan said that he would like to become a journalist in his next life.

"It is not possible in this life, but in my next life I would like to become a journalist," said Bachchan on Saturday. A few days back union information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni had said if she would not have joined politics, she would have become a journalist. "Journalism has always fascinated me and is close to my heart. I would have certainly become a journalist if I had not joined politics," the minister said at a function in Chandigarh.

Last month, another Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji was all praise for scribes. The reason may be because of she plays a crime reporter in the film, No One Killed Jessica. "I really respect journalism. In a world where people are so diplomatic, journalists speak their minds based on facts, which is fantastic,” Mukerji had said.

Agony aunts & uncles in newspapers, radio and TV channels

Vidya Kishore
Media Hive News Network

“Will he forget me?” asks a Ms. Vexed on the website Agony Aunt, of her boyfriend, who’s going to a foreign university. Touching, isn’t it? In my case, it not only touched me, but tickled me too, in the ribs. Hold on: Do you have a life–threatening problem too? Had a fight with your boyfriend? Or did your girl just refuse to answer your call? Don’t worry—for there is a group of people who have dedicated their lives to tackling the problems of lovers’ tiffs and unanswered phone calls. Love gurus, agony aunts, love helplines–the only problem is a list that seems almost too long to choose from.

Youngsters seeking refuge in these self-proclaimed love experts is nothing new. I am neither surprised nor offended by the success of these experts. You have service-seekers, so you have service-providers. But what makes some soft hearted souls think that complete strangers can safeguard their love life better than them? If you and your partner, who know yourselves and each other well, can’t figure a way out of a little mess, how can you expect someone who knows nothing, to be your guide?

In fact, more often than not, the picture you have in mind of this anonymous expert is nothing close to reality. Arpita Kala, 21, a student of post graduation from Delhi says, “We had a students’ newspaper called DU Beat at Delhi University with an advice column called “Sex Amma.” Many students, especially girls, used to write in questions about intimate stuff for advice from her. Imagine our shock when NDTV found out that “Sex Amma” was actually a boy!” So next time you mail your grievances to that agony aunt in your favorite magazine be ready for the possibility of an agony ‘uncle’ reading through your queries.

And how I wish at least 50 percent of the questions asked were anywhere close to being sensible. Once on the show “Loveline” on MTV, hosted by two VJs, a caller from Mumbai asked how he could take his girlfriend out on a date if he did not have much pocket money left. The reply was obvious—take her to a relatively cheap restaurant or gorge on the roadside chaats and pavbhajis that the city is famous for and are loved by the rich and the poor alike. Never knew you need to call a television channel for a solution as simple as that. God save him and that poor girlfriend who may have been oblivious to the kind of collaborative efforts and thoughts put into that plate of panipuri she relished that weekend.

RJ Love Guru on Radiocity 91.1FM is another example of how successful sale of love advice can be. Tune in at 12 am any night and you’ll hear an “I’m-an-angel-come-confide-in-me” voice answering some of the toughest questions that life poses. Some examples of these life-threatening problems are a girl frequently messaging the caller’s boyfriend, a boyfriend refusing to give his email password, a girlfriend putting on too much weight (well, I’d call a gym in that case), a boyfriend who refuses to talk during office hours, and so on. The Love Guru, actually a pediatrician by profession, listens to and answers the depressed recorded voices one by one as if they are worth dying for. Of course, you need a husky-voiced RJ, about whose name, age or qualification you know nothing, to lead you through the intricacies of life, don’t you?

In the case of agony aunts and uncles in newspapers and magazines, there’s scope for repetitive idiocy. With different help-seekers asking the same questions on different days, we can infer that there is much similarity among our youth when it comes to intensity of stupidity (oops, read intensity of love). Anita Nair, 20, a graduate from Mumbai says: “I read these columns because they are fun. But every second day you have the same question repeated in different words. It seems we have no dearth of idiots around us.” While newspapers and magazines generally ensure qualified experts, what they can’t ensure are sensible questions. “Sensible questions come from sensible people. But sensible people wouldn’t write to an agony aunt in the first place. So questions that make sense are too much to ask for,” says Sujay A., 21, a B.E. student from Mumbai.

Well, let’s not be too cynical—it’s time to look at the brighter side of things. Whether or not these columns and shows are able to bandage hearts or act as cupids for distressed youth, they are definitely a great source of entertainment for many. We have the other lot of the young population browsing through these columns or tuning in to the shows to laugh at their lovelorn and love-obsessed fellow beings. Deepa Ranganathan, 21, a student of post graduation from Jamshedpur says, “It’s fun going through the stupid questions. In fact, I’ve bought a book which is a compilation of such queries, called ‘Dear Agony Aunt.’ It’s hilarious.”

The brighter side is promising, isn’t it? Hold on, there’s more coming up. Love advice seems to be a good moneymaking tactic too. Love Guru has been running successfully for seven years on Radiocity. Namrata Nandkumar, 22, a trainee journalist from Bangalore says, “They make money off people who believe that they know all there is to know about love. How many of them have perfect relationships or marriages? It's just another get-rich-quick way of doing things.” Hey, this is getting brighter.

The internet seems to offer the widest and the most inviting space for our struggling friends. Type in “agony aunt” on Google and the next moment you’ll have a dozen hyperlinks on your screen inviting your agonies. A few sites have spread their wings and are going an extra mile for their young patrons. The website Agony Aunt provides more extended service than the name suggests—there is a host of aunts-members of the site, who act as the problem solvers.

And the kinds of questions that await them are unbelievable to say the least. The question this article began with came from there too. And I’m sure the variety of answers Ms. Vexed got must have only vexed her more. While one aunt advised her to trust her relationship, another told her to stop holding on to such worries and forget the whole episode if “he” forgets. Dear Ms. Vexed, you expect a bunch of strangers to know whether your boyfriend will forget you? If you can’t, then I doubt if anyone else but your boyfriend can answer that. One Mr. Confused wanted to know whether he can date his best friend’s ex. When did people start wanting the world’s approval to love? I think Mr. Confused will type in a question before kissing his girl, too. Another victim wanted a baby and enquired about risks of pregnancy at 20. Can you beat that? Don’t normal people go to gynecologists for that?

In a nutshell, we have a group of weak-hearted youngsters who, following every fight with their partner or in case of the slightest confusion, spends a considerable amount of time deciding which number to dial or which address to mail to, for guidance from a so-called expert. If they’d spend half that time to think themselves what went wrong, they’d have better chances of saving not just the time but the relationship, too.

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Journalism close to my heart: Ambika Soni

Media Hive News Network
Feb 16, 2011

Do you know that if union information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni would not have joined politics, she would have become a journalist. She said this recently at the annual meet of the Chandigarh Punjab Unit of Journalists

"Journalism has always fascinated me and is close to my heart. I would have certainly become a journalist if I had not joined politics," the minister said.

She added, "We share love-hate relationship, but yet we are interdependent and cannot do without each other."

Yellow journalism is important: Rani Mukherji

Media Hive News Network
Jan 13, 2011

Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who is otherwise infamous for media bashing, is suddenly all praise for scribes. The reason may be because of she plays a crime reporter in the film, No One Killed Jessica. "I really respect journalism. In a world where people are so diplomatic, journalists speak their minds based on facts, which is fantastic,” said Mukerji.

The actor had earlier criticised tabloid journalism when reports of her engagement with filmmaker Aditya Chopra surfaced. But, interestingly, she now seems to have buried the hatchet. "Yellow journalism is important as people wish to read sensational stories about their favourite actors," she said.

Ukraine reporter's bunny costume

Media Hive News Network
Dec 23, 2010

A journalist for national Ukrainian television sparked a scandal on Tuesday by turning up at work in parliament dressed as a bunny in protest at the sometimes farcical behaviour of MPs, said an AFP report from Kiev.

Dressed head-to-toe as a white bunny with two huge ears comically sprouting from his head, Roman Vintoniv somehow managed to keep a straight face as he conducted lobby interviews with besuited lawmakers, said the news agency.

He said his action was a protest against the sometimes comic behaviour of lawmakers in the Verkhovna Rada who last week exchanged blows in a bloody punch-up that wounded several lawmakers.

Now, a 3D newspaper

Media Hive News Network
August 17, 2010

A 64-year-old English daily in Thailand 'The Bangkok Post' on August 6 published a 3-D newspaper. According to the agencies’ report from Kula Lumpur, the special 3-D edition, which is first of its kind in the country, celebrated the Bangkok Post's 64th anniversary.

The three-dimensional effect was applied to most of the daily's coloured news photographs and advertisements which could be seen through 3-D viewer glasses provided free with the newspaper. The text was still in the same format.

The 3-D photographs are in all sections, including national news, world news, sports news and business news in the 40-page main part of the newspaper.

The newspaper won the Best Overall Design award in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East as adjudged by Wan-Ifra, the world association of newspapers and news publishers, in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Bips, Yeddu and newspapers...

Media Hive News Network
August 8, 2010

Do you know what’s common between actress Bipasha Basu and Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. Both feel depressed with the morning newspaper.

The reason of Yeddyurappa not reading newspapers is because of his dissatisfaction with the media. Speaking at a function in Raichur last week, Yeddyurappa said he has stopped reading newspapers or watching television as he feels the news highlighted is embarrassing. He also said the media only focused on highlighting the negative aspects instead of good ones.

While Bipasha feels there was a time when newspapers was a thing which we used to read to know more about what’s happening and today it’s all about crime. Because of so many stories about who killed whom, who raped whom, she just don’t feel like reading newspaper at all. 

Bipasha posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, “Brought up by parents, who insisted that we should read newspapers! So depressing to start your day with death, killing, rape, corruption, inflation! Damn!

You write like... check online for author within

Media Hive News Network
July 19, 2010

For anyone who has ever thought Charles Dickens was lurking inside his or her prose, a new website claims it can find your inner author, reports Associated Press from New York. The newly-launched I Write Like has one simple gimmick: You paste a few paragraphs that exemplify your writing, then click "analyze" and — poof! — you get a badge telling you that you write like Stephen King or Ernest Hemingway or Chuck Palahniuk, says the news report.

The site's traffic has increased in recent days and its arrival has lit up the blogosphere.
According to the news agency, I Write Like isn't an exact science. But simply the idea of an algorithm that can reveal traces of influence in writing has proven wildly popular. Though the site might seem the idle dalliance of an English professor on summer break, it was created by Dmitry Chestnykh, a 27-year-old Russian software programmer currently living in Montenegro. Though he speaks English reasonably well, it's his second language.
"I wanted it to be an educational thing and also to help people write better," he said. Chestnykh modeled the site on software for email spam filters. This means that the website's text analysis is largely keyword based. Even if you write in short, declarative, Hemingwayesque sentences, its your word choice that may determine your comparison.

Most writers will tell you, though, that the most telling signs of influence come from punctuation, rhythm and structure. I Write Like does account for some elements of style by things such as number of words per sentence. Chestnykh has uploaded works by about 50 authors — three books for each, he said.

Colony magazines serve up neighbourhood gossip

Shreya Roy Chowdhury
New Delhi

Want to know what’s cooking in your neighbour’s house or what transpired in the RWA meeting that you missed last Sunday? Colony news, spicy gossips about your neighbours and RWA activities are all being served up in newspapers and magazines across residential societies. Run by tiny teams of residents — retired professionals, publishers, marketers, former homemakers — these hyperlocal rags are designed, proofread and published like any mainstream journal, only they are distributed free.

The launch of a coin-vending machine in Pocket III is front-page news in Mayur Vihar’s Mayur Infomail; Community Samvada (Noida Sector 15A) has the RWA elections on its front page and woes of the Thursday Ladies Club inside. Samvada’s Gulmohar Park edition discusses the issue of serving alcohol at club events and requests residents not to walk off with newspapers from the club. From hard news — colony events, club politics, RWA elections — to harmless gossip and a cartload of ads, “micro-media” has it all.

Dwarka residents are particularly enterprising in this respect. The sub-city has over a dozen registered newspapers. ‘‘It’s exclusively for Dwarka. Not even Palam,” says Mukesh Sinha of Dwarka City, a fourpage English glossy issued thrice a month with a circulation of 35,000. Sinha and his wife started it in 2003.

The older journal, Mayur Infomail, was started by Ashok Kumar Gupta, a former engineer with the department of telecommunication, in 1997. Mayur Infomail launched as a tabloid, evolved into a black-andwhite broadsheet and five-six years ago took its current form — a six-page, colour fortnightly with a circulation of 12,000. ‘‘It’s a household name now,” says Gupta. During the Kargil war, a report on a local kid who had raised funds for war heroes had initiated a competition among residents, who tried to outmatch each other by donating money. ‘‘We started a social movement,” says Gupta. They also covered the Akshardham Temple construction. “Now you know how big it is. It was very important for us. We covered every aspect of the construction.”

Community Samvada, a bilingual monthly, is a slightly different story. It’ll soon touch 50 editions — one for each colony and sector of Noida — and have websites for them too. This mother of colony tabloids grew from a single one 16 years ago. It was started by Veenod Aggarwal for Noida Sector 15 A. “We scaled up our operations seven-eight years ago,” he says. It’s distributed free and 90% ads are local.

The contributors are residents or the ‘‘Samvada News Bureau”. Its GK edition is manned by Sushma Malhotra, a former teacher who at 49-50 did a media course by correspondence and responded to an ad for a correspondent. Malhotra has been with Samvada for six years. “We are a team of women. Other than Veenod, there are no male editors,” she says.

Samvada’s circulation, says Aggarwal, is nearly 90,000 across Delhi and growing. It had a couple of major breaks. ‘‘One of the most popular local stories that we did was ‘Maid caught begging at traffic light with employer’s baby’. We were approached by journalists and TV crews. The other popular story was ‘Sad! In Sblock A dead guard left sitting in chair till noon’. We also delve into RWA and club politics. News on colony politics is keenly awaited,” says Aggarwal.

But it’s from the response of the advertisers that Aggarwal gauges success. “There are 350 and the number is growing. We get ads from small and big firms every month. Most of them have never advertised or don’t advertise anywhere else.”

In fact, a Noida Sector 50 resident who had inserted an ad offering boarding  for dogs, had to withdraw it within a month as she was getting more business than desired. Again, some years ago, a taxi operator who owned only one vehicle in Sector 26, Noida, reluctantly shelled out Rs 300 for an ad. “After the ad was published, he got such a fabulous response that his ad never left Samvada. And his fleet has grown from one taxi to four or five,” says Aggarwal.
(with inputs from Kim Arora)

Courtesy: The Times of India

Virtual connect: Surfers spend 2 hrs a day social networking

Shreya Roy Chowdhury
New Delhi

They network online when they’re home, at work and in between. A survey on use of social networking sites found that 30.6% of users participating in it access them from their mobiles apart from their home and office computers. The average number of hours spent on social networking sites networking is two per day; 89% users join these sites to stay in touch with friends and 80.4% follow friends for photographs, says a recent survey.

The Indian social media user is anything but predictable. Twitter (despite an increase in social media use from mobiles and work computers) is only the fourth most popular site, beaten by a wide margin by one that is targeted specifically at business networking. The blogosphere enjoys the endorsement of netizens too with almost 70% of social media users spending at least half an hour every day on blogs. Most look for information and would prefer companies to do their promotion on blogs.

The survey conducted by Indiabiz News and Research Services (INRS) dispels another myth. Conducted among 350 users (15-45 years of age) based in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore, the survey found that contrary to popular belief (which has led companies to open accounts and software and marketing firms to start social media wings), brand promotion on social media in India is severely limited in its impact. Only about 15% trust the information provided.

Despite the strident efforts by companies to leverage their net presence though social network campaigns, brand awareness is woefully low on the priority list for users with 33% uninterested and 63% not engaging with communities, groups or fan pages of any kind. On the other hand, a different survey conducted on the global scale and released in April 2010 by InSites Consulting had declared social media brand promotion a success with the promo information being nearly as trusted as consumer’s advice.

India’s social networking community is clearly following a different trajectory. Another survey conducted by Blogworks and Exchange 4 Media in December, 2008 and January, 2009, this time among working professionals, business executives and marketers, said, “81-85% of respondents believe that Indian marketers and corporates have just cursory or no understanding of Social Media; the need for education and learning continues to be high.” But 90% of the same set believed that social media platforms impact business.
A good many users maintain multiple accounts on different social networking sites; while a majority is in it for friends, more than half have joined for business or professional reasons; and though not many in number, there are even those, included in the survey, who operate their accounts from cyber cafes, friend’s homes and college labs. And every survey and study has predicted a bright future for online brand promotion in India.

Courtesy: The Times of India


Below is the description of newspapers and their readers by anonymous, circulated widely via e-mails. We are simply reproducing it because it is a nice leisure reading stuff. However, doesn’t take any responsibility for the content. Anyway it’s not the final word.

The Times of India is read by people who think they run the country.

The Economic Times is read by people who think they own the country.

The Hindu is read by people who are not sure whose country it is.

The Indian Express is read by people who shouldn’t run the country.

The Statesman is read by people who think they ought to run the country.

The Asian Age is read by people who think someone else should run the country.

The Hindustan Times is read by people who think Delhi is a country.

The Telegraph is read by people who think Bengal is the best country.

The Malayala Manorama is read by people who think Kerala is their country, and God’s ... zimble !

The Mid-Day is read by people who can’t think in this country.

The Pioneer is read by people who think the Brits ran this country better.

The Tribune is read by people who’re more bothered about the country-side.

The Dainik Bhaskar is read by people in the country-side.

The Bombay Samachar is read by people who’d rather be in some other country

The Femina is read by the fat wives of the rich in this country.

The DNA is not read, but used to pack footwear by people going out of this country


12 And a Half Rules To Be A Good Journalist

12. DO WHAT YOU LOVE: Be passionate about what you choose to do. Remember: If there’s no love in the kitchen, there is no taste on the table. Never reject the impulses of your youth. Be responsible for your life, don’t blame others for what you become or don’t become.

11. WAKE UP ANGRY, AMBITIOUS: Get the fire in your belly to do something, set things right. Respond to injustice, inhumanity and corruption. Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable. Don’t think it is somebody else’s job. Be the change you want to see.

10. DON’T BE THE LOYAL MEMBER OF ANY PARTY, GROUP, CLUB, NGO: Credibility is everything. Retain your independence, be skeptical not cynical. Don’t mortgage your integrity. It’s like virginity—once you lose it, you have lost it forever.

9.  BE CATHOLIC OF WRITERS AND WRITING: Read newspapers, magazines and books across the board. Admire writers/writing irrespective of ideology. In the age of the internet, you have no excuses for your ignorance.

8. FIND YOURSELF A ROLE-MODEL/MENTOR: Have a hero or heroine who has been there, done that. Keep in touch with people who will help you achieve your aims. Meet at least one new person every day.

7. BE A THRIVER, NOT A SURVIVOR: Don’t coast along; don’t be afraid to try out something new. Aim high, dream, have an ambition, set yourself a goal. Take a risk, think big, think differently and don’t be predictable.

6. NEVER WORK WITH SUCCESS/ REWARD IN MIND: Work for fun and the satisfaction, the rewards will come on their own. Don’t fall for cheap praise and don’t be stalled by even cheaper criticism.

5. WRITE, DRAW, SHOOT, CREATE EVERY DAY: Eventually your habits become you. Practice makes you perfect. Develop the three Ds—discipline, dedication, determination—and reward and recognition will naturally follow.

4. KEEP LEARNING EVERY DAY: You cannot learn everything in the classroom or the newsroom. It’s a constantly changing business, keep learning. Again, in the age of the internet, you have no excuse not to do so.

3. FEAR NOBODY, QUESTION EVERYTHING: You are in the business to get the answers. Don’t be in awe of big names, power, reputations and status. This business is all about meeting total strangers and asking them questions you wouldn’t ask your parents.

2. NEVER BE EMBARRASSED TO ASK STUPID QUESTIONS: There are no stupid questions, only dumb answers. Talk less, listen more. Be humble of your ignorance.

1. CHASE YOUR DREAM: Stop living for others, avoid temptation, life is not all about money. Let your reputation never be under question. It’s true—it’s possible to earn decently and live honourably as a journalist.


And this half-rule

IF POSSIBLE MARRY OUTSIDE THE PROFESSION: There’s nothing more boring and dreadful than waking up with somebody who goes through the same pangs and pangas as you.

(Dr Ramachandra Guha, the eminent historian and writer, while speaking at a media institute convocation)