2014 Dec 16 By Jayadevan 0 comment

I shouldn’t probably call this a review. Because it reeks of fan-boyishness. I’m between two other books right now: Arguably by Cristopher Hitchens and Business Maharajas by Gita Piramal.  And the third book, which is My Days in the Underworld by Agni Sreedhar*, is what I have difficulty putting down. This is one of the best narrative I’ve read about a city. Sreedhar chronicles Bangalore’s underworld (in the 70s & 80s) with an uncanny ability which only comes from someone who has been on the inside. My Days in the Underworld by Agni Sreedhar Agni Sreedhar…

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2014 Oct 25 By Jayadevan 0 comment

These days I’ve become increasingly obsessed with productivity. I’ve come a long way from where I was.  But there’s still a lot more to do. So I’m constantly chasing reading pieces like The Daily Habits of Highly Creative People and trying to apply some of it in my daily routine. The most recent discovery in my quest for greater productivity, was Isaac Asimov’s essay on creativity which was published for the first time earlier this week.  The question he tries to answer is: How do people get new ideas? It got me thinking if there are some takeaways that can be applied to the newsroom? In fact, all of it…

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2014 Oct 17 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Slack adjective Having or showing laziness or negligence. “slack accounting procedures” Synonyms: lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized. It is unacceptable in newsrooms. But that’s not the Slack I’m talking about. Slack is the shiny new collaboration tool for teams. It works beautifully for new newsrooms.  And Slack is changing newsrooms. At the technology team in ET, we’ve started using the real time messaging tool for a little over 2 months now. When I was at NextBigWhat, we used it for a very long time. The beauty of Slack is that it…

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2014 Sep 22 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Bangalore based Citizen Matters is looking for journalists. Here’s what they are looking for (from their website) A smart, intelligent journalist to report for Citizen Matters, plus write news features and analysis on national topics for India Together (depending on the candidate) Role * Full time reporting * City-focussed news, analysis, interviews features * Investigative pieces * Hyperlocal news * Data journalism Expectation * Excellent command over English * Should have read Citizen Matters and familiar with the type of content we publish * Should care about Bangalore, related news and happenings * Should love to read * Kannada speaking…

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2014 Sep 12 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Happy to report that the data journalism workshop we held with the good folks from Datameet went well last month. The biggest learning for me was that there is so much more I can do with data. Nisha from Datameet has made some notes on the Datameet blog. It has some notes from the workshop and links to some of the resources we discussed. Thejesh & Nisha at the Workshop The agenda with notes are here and the resources have been shared on the data journalism resource wiki page. Datameet has also been putting together a data catalog that you might want to…

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2014 Aug 28 By Jayadevan 0 comment

The Mint Digital Lab is hiring. 1. Front End Developer (Delhi): Send resume, cover letter and work samples to karuna.k@livemint.com. 2. Video News Producer (Delhi or Mumbai) – Business & Financial News 3. Video Editor (Delhi) 4. Camera Person/Videographer (Delhi) For details, go here.

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2014 Aug 16 By Jayadevan 0 comment

I don’t have to tell you that data journalism is important. It has become a part of mainstream journalism now. Indian publications like The Economic Times (where I work) and of course foreign publications have been making extensive use of new data tools to produce great stories. This New York Times feature on Reshaping New York, is a great example. Of course that’s a complex project and tough to pull off. The Economic Times has a brilliant data blog run by Avinash. The Hindu also has one going. Papers like The Indian Express have done a few data projects as well. TLDR: Data is…

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2014 Aug 14 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Journalism jobs have been dissappearing. But thankfully, new jobs have come. But those may not last either. A lot of news is being written by robots these days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU Here’s a video that explains the jobless future that awaits the world. If there is one video you should watch today, it is this.

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2014 Aug 09 By Jayadevan 0 comment

People around the world have started talking about the Golden Age of Journalism. Marc Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape an insightful piece on how the journalism is changing. On Monday Note, Frederic Filloux points out a few flaws in Andreessen’s reasoning. Both are great reads on the media industry and the state of flux it is in. It isn’t so bad for print media in India yet. But most newsrooms realize that things are going to change very fast and are making investments for the future. Few weeks ago, I gave a talk at The St Joseph’s College in Bangalore…

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2014 Jul 20 By Jayadevan 0 comment

With the Internet and mobile, the  reader expects more out of newsrooms. If you are in a large newsroom like that of The New York Times with separate teams to produce web stores consider yourself lucky. But increasingly, newsrooms are becoming smaller. What it means is that you need to do more things than one. That is, if it was write a story and then Tweet about it, it is now write a story, Tweet about it, share it with your friends, add images to go with it, shoot a picture if possible. Oh you’ve got a video? That’s fantastic….

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