Challenging Transmission: Critical studies of media

Academic discourse and university departments are disproportionately geared towards training students to work in such a transmission-orientated environment rather than educating them as to how to engage critically with such a system. Read More …

The News says Pak link "does indeed exist"

In an editorial Dec 15, Pakistan’s The News conceded to the mounting evidence of Kasab’s legitimacy and argued that  “while conspiracy theories, involving a plot by Indians to frame Pakistan abound, the facts have to be faced up to. No Read More …

Give us this day our dumbed down foreign news III. News, newspaper design and layout gone mad

News, newspaper design and layout, foreign news gone mad. What does that headline, graphic, and report illuminate us about? Could somebody from Hindustan Times justify this please? Just in case, other newspapers are not immune from this! Read more about Read More …

Give us this day our dumbed down foreign news

Global evidence indicates that “information” and “education” genres in mass media are on the decline and even those that exist are refashioned such that their contents and presentational styles mimic those of “entertainment” programmes, entailing a potential loss of substance Read More …

They look like us but… Thoughts on media, terrorism and modernity

This blog has been going hammer and tongs about how headlines, choice of stories, layouts reflect journalistic imagination of news and audience. Consider this “Wanted: Fun, Fearless & A Fundamentalist?” (Ghosh and Bhutia:2008). The article is reflective of wider tensions Read More …

(Features) HT Gray Matter, 21 Sep: Underwhelming

The headline on the page Gray Matter: Mosaic says “The stronger sex” (Sanyal:2008). The page is meant to feature the anxiety that the newspaper imagines for its readers. The blurb says: “Being a man has its obvious advantages. But in Read More …

Media, urban citizenship, globalisation: dystopic visions

A protest by residents of Gurgaon in Delhi over a garbage dump there became salient for Hindustan Times. The composition of the news constellates, or belonging together, raises the salience of a militant citizenry. The two dominant stories of the Read More …

Delhi shootout: HT's complex narrative

News narratives are complex, especially during times of crises. Journalism professional values often call for striking a balance between the various demands of the sociology of journalism with a focus on balance and fairness. This is not a simple case Read More …

Framing the meltdown: To fear or not to fear?

Agenda setting and framing are two pet subjects of media, journalism, and communications studies. They provide the missing links between journalism as a practice and the professional approach to news imagination and news culture. On 19 September, both Times of Read More …

The talented Mr Qureshi

Gotcha! Public enemy No. 1’s latest crime? Plagiarism and impeccable English Besides exploding bombs in public places, public enemy No 1 Abdus Subhan Qureshi is also guilty of two other minor crimes “plagiarism” and “impeccable English”, concludes Hindustan Times. Apparently, Read More …