Its early morning news bulletins are one long riff on the government’s wondrous work. Hard news? No thank you.
Anupam Mishra was a greatly respected journalist who stayed away from the limelight but wrote with insight on water and the environment.
The Hindi press’ writing on pollution has been good but if it were more sustained and went deeper into the causes, the result would be terrific.
The mismatch between AIR and DD making the poll survey their top story and the print media’s muted response, points to a credibility problem.
In its coverage of the currency crisis, All India Radio lavished praise on the government, ignoring opposing views and minimizing the hardships of ordinary people.
Important as they are, public interest ads in print and on radio could do with pruning and fine-tuning to be more effective.
When the media ignore tribals and their problems, why not train some of them to inundate the media with press releases so that their views are aired?
Every winter stories are run about how the homeless need more shelters. During the monsoon and the heat – media silence.
For over 50 years, the Sarvodaya Press Service has been spreading the Mahatma’s ideas by providing stories with a Gandhian theme to the Hindi press.
He was born 109 years ago today but Bhagat Singh can teach us a thing or two about writing for a noble cause while dodging arrest, repression, and jail.