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The editor of the Mail and Guardian in South Africa Nic Dawes is joining the Hindustan Times as 'chief content and editorial officer'. Thats a new designation in the Indian print media universe and probably indicates a multimedia role. People are not going to be called editors any more?
Shortly after Times of India's Medianet initiative became known in 2004, Vir Sanghvi carried an editorial page debate in the Hindustan Times on this unfortunate trend to which several outside commentators contributed. Now HT has decided to go the same way with an initiative called brand promotions.
A story in the Times of India on Delhi University's trendy new foundation courses quotes a college teacher on how some web references do not lend themselves to citations and spells the word cite 'site'. Granted the new generation of reporters is more familiar with the latter word than the former. But what about the copy desk?
The Hindu carried this disclosure, 'This correspondent was in London at the invitation of the company' at the end of a London datelined report on Lumina 925 on May 15, 2013 in its business pages. But the following would have perhaps been more accurate:-- "The correspondent was on a trip sponsored by the company."