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ಜನವರಿ 20, 2009

Propaganda in the global media

Filed under: papyrus — G N Mohan @ 1:53 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ


Flat Earth News

An award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media

“Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.” When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street’s unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

Working with a network of off-the-record sources, Davies uncovered the story of the prestigious Sunday newspaper which allowed the CIA and MI6 to plant fiction in its columns; the daily newsroom where senior reporters casually refer to ‘nig nogs’ and where executives routinely reject stories about black people; the respected quality paper which was so desperate for scoops that it hired a conman to set up a front company to entrap senior political figures. He found papers supporting law and order while paying cash bribes to bent detectives and hiring private investigators to steal information.

Davies names names and exposes the national news stories which turn out to be pseudo events manufactured by the PR industry and the global news stories which prove to be fiction generated by a new machinery of international propaganda.

He shows the impact of this on a world where media consumers believe a mass of stories which, in truth, are as false as the idea that the Earth is flat – from the millennium bug to the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, tainting government policy, perverting popular belief.

He presents a new model for understanding news. With the help of researchers from Cardiff University, who ran a ground-breaking analysis of the contents and sources for our daily news, Davies found most reporters most of the time are not allowed to dig up stories or check their facts – a profession corrupted at the core.

Read All About It. The news will never look the same again.


ಜನವರಿ 19, 2009

How to become a good Journalist

Filed under: papyrus — G N Mohan @ 12:45 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ

Book on Journalism Released


Becoming a good journalist is the dream of a large number of students, who want to make a mark in this field. To cater budding journalists with a quality book, Atlantic Publishers has come out with How to Become A Good Journalist, written by Raza Elahi, a journalist having spent more than a decade in numerous newspapers including, Khaleej Times, The Economic Times and The Pioneer, etc.

Written in a simple language, it covers all the aspects of making of a newspaper/magazine whether it is news selection, news writing, reporting, editing, page-making or deadline pressure. The book is priced Rs 250 (hardbind) and Rs 75(paperback) and can be ordered online by sending e-mail to orders@atlanticbook

Besides discussing art of interviewing, nuances of feature writing and importance of 5Ws and IH of a news copy, the author of this book has selected around 200 words/expressions and listed their correct usages. The author has also picked up raw copies of reporters and edited them in the chapter ABC of Editing. The chapter Headline Hunter will take the students through interesting aspects of headlines. For orders e-mail toorders@atlanticbook

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