BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/08/2017
Politicians who lie, spin or make tall claims are being mercilessly exposed by new fact-checkers – private citizens or websites – fighting against fake news
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN LAW AND POLICY |18/03/2017
The law ministry’s proposed initiative is totally at odds with the recommendations of TRAI and SC observations on broadcast ownership,
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/12/2016
An alarming proliferation of fake news that managed to outstrip fact-based news, threatens to topple the credibility of the media
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |08/12/2016
The viewership of Hindi TV channels has shot up dramatically as nervous people remain glued to their TVs for the latest on demonetisation
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/12/2016
An ingenious and influential communication tool, Mann Ki Baat continues to be a great favourite of Narendra Modi’s. In two years, 446 million Indians have heard him chat to them.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/11/2016
With people preferring lies to facts and social media to the mainstream media, the role of the latter in exposing falsehoods has become more important than ever.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/10/2016
After the internet and the rise of digital media, VR could well turn out to be journalism’s next big technological disruptor.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/09/2016
TV and social media went to war. But newspapers and news portals brought sanity and balance to Indian media’s response to the Uri attack.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/09/2016
The Catholic Church’s latest saint in heaven is really the first “saint” of our mediatised, hyper-exposed times — at once glorious and flawed.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/08/2016
Its reportage is rudimentary, programming sketchy and analysis of news and current affairs next to non-existent.
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The back story of the huge apology notice published by the Hindustan Times on September 18 (see this Hoot brief) is to be found in the record of sittings of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. The apology was published three days after the last sitting to which the editor of HT was summoned. The notice given by  Andhra Pradesh MP Jithender Reddy was taken up five times by the Committee  between July end and September 15. This too has fed into the wide ranging speculation over the reason for the resignation of the current editor of the paper, Aparisim Ghosh.                       

Did it really take the Hindustan Times almost six months to figure out that it had got the figures on the attendance  in Parliament of certain MPs, wrong? Or is there more to why it carried a front page apology covering half the page on September 18? It said, "In the edition of March 24, 2017, we had, because of a technical glitch, erroneously reported the attendance in Parliament of certain MPs. Below are the accurate figures. Hindustan Times offers an unconditional apology, and deeply regrets any offence or inconvenience caused." Of the seven MPs whom it said had 100 per cent attendance  not one had it, the paper listed six other names for this statistic. And the list of those whom it said had the worst attendance in Parliament is headed by Abhijeet Mukherjee, the former President's son, who in fact has a figure of 97 per cent attendance.                                    

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The Washington Post  is rolling out Talk  a new commenting system that will allow the paper to better engage with readers who comment on its stories and help promote civil conversations. The software was developed by the Coral Project, a collaboration between The Post, the NYT and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the  Knight Foundation. The Post will integrate Talk with ModBot, its AI-powered comment moderation technology.                                                                         

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman Lab)                                       
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