MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
This Firstpost article lists four reasons given by PM Modi himself to explain why he will not take a media contingent on foreign trips. One, it is a new age in which journalists' requirement of news and information can be met instantaneously wherever they are located and they don't need to travel with the PM for that. Two, it was a flawed policy as the same journalists from the same big organisations went, and proprietors represented small newspapers. Three, selecting 30 journalists for PM's trips abroad invariably displeased the rest. Four, if there is a major policy announcement, Modi will address a press conference at Delhi airport on his return.
Another weekly edition of India Today has come out with no change in the masthead since Shekhar Gupta joined a few weeks ago. Though he is designed vice chairman and editor in chief of the news properties of the group, he does not figure as yet on the magazine's masthead. Nor do the journalists he has recruited though their stories figure in the magazine. Odd, but it may be because proprietor Aroon Purie apparently has a convention of not putting someone on the masthead till they have been there for a certain .. more>>