IN RESOURCES |12/10/2012
Introduction In today's digital age, there is an abundance of technology that journalists can use to help them with news gathering and reporting. But how often do you, as a journalist, think about how secure your technological tools are? The section provides easy to follow instructions on how to secure your data on hard drives, how..
IN RESOURCES |25/09/2012
Apart from keeping you in touch with the people that you know, mobile phones have completely changed the whole process of our communication. A report in The Hindu said that even if half of all Indians didn’t have a toilet at home, well over half owned a telephone. According to..
IN RESOURCES |25/09/2012
A mobile phone today, is not just a device that is used to make calls. Plenty of services like browsing the internet, video calling, listening to music and watching videos, GPS (only in GPS enabled phones) and many more value added services are accessible on a mobile phone. High end..
IN RESOURCES |18/09/2012
 i.   Facebook Based on the data from Quancast, Compete and Alexa, Facebook is most popular social networking website. It is followed by Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and then Google+. A lot of journalists and activists use Facebook for reaching out to their contacts and also sharing news and updates. Therefore the Facebook’s platform..
IN RESOURCES |18/09/2012
Cloud storage is a modern technology marvel that gives users an option to store their data on a network storage that can be accessed online. The users can easily access their data anywhere and anytime; provided they are connected to the network on which the data is stored. The advantages..
IN RESOURCES |18/09/2012
Over time, computers or storage devices that you use get flooded with data files. These could be on computers that you use at home or at the office. Usually the data stored on personal laptops is obviously ‘personal’ and therefore not to be shared easily. The computer that you use..
IN RESOURCES |14/09/2012
1) Which laws regulate content on the internet in India? Online content, whether on the Internet or in mobile media, is regulated through the Information Technology Act 2000 (amended in 2008) and the rules formulated under the act. Besides, other laws governing content in all media include provisions (including those for..
IN RESOURCES |14/09/2012
1) What are blogs, blog-posts, bloggers? Usually a blog is a shared online journal where users can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies.   According to the IT Rules, a blog means a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or..
IN RESOURCES |14/09/2012
1) Who is an online journalist? Journalists are people who gather information that is relevant to the public and communicate this over various media. An online journalist would collect, write or edit news-reports, articles, features, interviews, opinion pieces, photographs or even podcasts and videos on news and events on an online..
IN RESOURCES |14/09/2012
1) Are your chats private on Facebook? Your chats are not entirely private. Facebook recently announced that they have a scanning software that scans across users’ chats  for words or phrases that might signify criminal activity. If the software notices exchange of some suspicious words, then it notifies Facebook immediately.   2) Are your..
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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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