A. S. Panneerselvan (for Info only, not official)

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A. S. Panneerselvan

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    ...Their alternatives, unfortunately, seem to prefer ‘what-the-public-is-interested-in’ to the idea of what is in public interest, which remains the core of journalism. A reader from Chennai, M.D. Ravikanth, wrote: “Your introspection (“Journalism’s return to oppositional roots,” Nov. 14) was not as frank and outspoken as it was expected to be.” He then, rather ironically, cited an article by pulp fiction writer Chetan Bhagat, making five sweeping observations as a starting point for multifaceted sustained dialogue on media. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 21, 2016, 1:18 a.m.

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    ...Governments create a strong legal framework to protect freedom of expression and then invent methods to subvert them. The enabling environment for media is usually followed by a restrictive and stifling one. The push-back comes from media practitioners and the public to regain the space. Institutions that have power to impose punitive measures on news media organisations and journalists should remember some of the cardinal principles that govern this profession: ask questions, provide the context, hold those in power accountable, provide information that is both comprehensible and comprehensive. Journalism should be read as a common good and not as a crime. A disturbing ban The day-long ban of NDTV India raises disturbing questions about the status of the freedom of expression, its legality and long-term implications. ...

    The Hindu on Nov. 7, 2016, 1:06 a.m.

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    ...He founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism, which is housed at Goldsmiths, University of London. MacFadyen came to Chennai last December to devise a module on investigative journalism for the Asian College of Journalism. His zest and commitment gave him the courage to take up much more than any other professional journalism teacher. ACJ’s investigative journalism module was one among his many works in progress. A recurring theme during our 15-month interaction was the need to empower business journalism. “Follow the money is the oft-quoted idea of investigative journalism. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 31, 2016, 12:06 a.m.

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    ...Chants of ‘CNN sucks’ have become commonplace at Trump’s rallies this week and members of the travelling press were called ‘whores’ and ‘press-titutes’ as they filed out of a Thursday afternoon rally in West Palm Beach.” This raises some fundamental questions. Is the media a monolith? What distinguishes a responsible media organisation from its sensationalist sibling? Is it fair to shoot the messenger if the message is bad? ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 17, 2016, 1:43 a.m.

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    ...Chants of ‘CNN sucks’ have become commonplace at Trump’s rallies this week and members of the travelling press were called ‘whores’ and ‘press-titutes’ as they filed out of a Thursday afternoon rally in West Palm Beach.” This raises some fundamental questions. Is the media a monolith? What distinguishes a responsible media organisation from its sensationalist sibling? Is it fair to shoot the messenger if the message is bad? ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 17, 2016, 12:40 a.m.

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    ...They were unanimous that mails from readers capture views only partially as they are mostly restricted to a specific act of omission or commission either in reporting or in the opinion pages. Only by becoming an active listener and picking up the nuances in their articulations can an ombudsman convey to the editorial the expectations of readers. Ombudsmanship is not just an act of carrying out periodic corrections and clarifications or writing a regular column, it is a proactive position to amplify the requirements of readers to the editorial. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 10, 2016, 12:33 a.m.

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    ...These developments have opened the door to look at many professional difficulties confronting journalists. One of the most frustrating elements in the two issues at hand is the impenetrable iron curtain that denies space for journalists to carry out the act of verification. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 3, 2016, 2:17 a.m.

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    ...There was an in-house suggestion that I find out readers’ expectations on how they would like the newspaper to balance news with views, opinion, and analysis.The idea of a deadline is no longer associated with putting the paper to bed; it is about publishing developments as they unfold.In the age of instant news, it seems that a lot of information that one reads in the newspaper in the morning has already been read, seen, or heard elsewhere.While conceding space for some news stories that require verification and fact-checking, I was asked whether it is possible to do a clinical analysis of the daily copy, keeping in view the readers’ requirements, and find out what was redundant.If this is indeed possible, would it be beneficial to skew more towards views than news in the daily newspaper? ...

    The Hindu on Sept. 26, 2016, 12:19 a.m.