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Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:33

Automated Journalism: Did a Robot Write This?

The rise of machines taking over the human world is no longer a dystopian dream. The dread that is associated with robots taking over the world is a reality from which there’s no escape. A great example is the manufacturing sector, which had long been a supplier of well-paying jobs and was is now transformed by the introduction of machines. But what about the white-collar jobs in the information technology sector? Will the emergence of machines have an impact on professions in journalism and media? Automated journalism is shaking up the traditional journalism and the role of a news reporter…
Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:47

Media Laws and Freedom of Speech

Media Laws and Freedom of Speech Tweet. Post. Express - whether it be in print or digitally and no one can harm you. But this wasn't so before 2015. In 2015, in a landmark judgement the Supreme Court struck down the controversial section 66A of the Information and Technology Act, 2000 which allowed the state to arrest people for posting offensive content. The incident that led up to this judgement was when in 2012, two young girls were arrested when one of them wrote a Facebook post criticizing the bandh following the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, while…
Monday, 06 August 2018 06:18

Books adapted for the Silver Screen

Books adapted for the Silver Screen What are the odds of the current generation not having seen the movies of Harry Potter or of Game of Thrones? The actors who have starred in these movies, from Daniel Radcliffe to Sean Bean are now superstars with a huge fan following. Yet, both books were not originally made for television, rather they were meant to be read as books first. The Harry Potter series was written by J.K. Rowling, while the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ was written by George R.R. Martin as a series of fantasy novels. History is replete with…
Digital journalism: A New Way of doing Journalism A cup of hot tea with the newspaper is the quintessential start to mornings in India. Well, the romance of newspapers may soon be a nostalgic memory of the yesteryears. Next only to China, India has 500 million internet users. With low cost devices and better 3G/4G internet speed, the traditional journalistic landscape is slowly giving way to digital or online journalism. Traditional Vs Digital Journalism The rapid boom in mobile internet users coincided with the rise in digital journalism scene. The Wire, Scroll, the Quint are producing interesting content with ‘mobile-first'…
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:19

Dilemmas and Ethics in Photojournalism

For many of us the massive civil unrest of 2016 in Kashmir was the first of its kind that shook us out of our urban complacency, made us pause and take notice. Soul slashing pictures of hundreds of youth blinded by pellets moved us emotionally irrespective of which side of the opinion one subscribed to. In another instance, last year, pictures of dust smeared Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy sitting still and stunned after an air strike became a stark reminder of the horrors of the war. Did you ever think that there was always an invisible person braving through…
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 04:44

Indian Web Series

Between the soppy soap operas on TV and the fluffy Bollywood flicks, Indian Web Series are enjoying a moment under the sun. For people looking for something beyond the cliché of 50 something middle aged actors running around the trees, the digital space has a plethora of exciting web series to watch out for.Increased internet accessibility, cheaper mobile phones and ditching the run-of-the-mill stories in favor of out-of-the-box, realistic content has set the Indian Web Series space buzzing.Shackle free spaceMainstream films in India have traditionally settled for ‘sanitized’, quotidian themes and stock characters’ least they invite the wrath of the…
 After the demonetization of currency notes in 2016, the media frantically reported that the new 2000 rupee notes shall carry a GPS chip embedded in them that can track the location of the person carrying them. It was later revealed to be a fake news.There are numerous such instances that reveal the rampant corruption in the media today and its malicious manifestation in the form of fake news. It has exposed the credibility deficit and a lack of journalistic ethics prevalent in media today.  Origins of fake news- ‘Fake News’, a term heavily popularized by the U.S. President Donald Trump…

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