2016 Nov 19 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

If you are a journalist, you probably can’t live without call recording on your phone. Most Chinese Android phones come with call recording built in. But some phones these days (especially the costlier variants), don’t have it by default, because it is illegal in some countries to record calls. I recently bought a OnePlus 3 and was horrified when I found that it can’t record calls. I’d been on a Xiaomi Mi 4i, which did the job perfectly fine. So I started trying out apps and finally settled on a brilliant call recording app called Boldbeast recorder. It is free to use….

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2016 Nov 11 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Donald Trump has won the 2016 US elections. Here are some pieces that will help you make sense of it. 1. Michael Moore’s Trump Will Win: https://goo.gl/EotVyw 2. David Remnick’s An American Tragedy: https://goo.gl/rPnYG9 3. Tim Urban’s It’s Going to be Okay: https://goo.gl/660FpK 4. Michael Moore’s Morning After To-Do list: https://goo.gl/XP0eer

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2016 Feb 25 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

When I quit The Economic Times last December to start a new media company with Pankaj, only one thing was clear. We wanted to tell great stories from the intersection of technology, culture, and life in India. As technology becomes mainstream, it is impacting us in ways that we don’t fully understand yet. Our job is to try and understand technological changes and talk about people, ideas and trends that are causing these changes. To try and take a peek at the future and stay on top of new and cool things that will help our audience every single day. We also thought We want to play a…

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2016 Jan 03 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Like my list of media startups in India that raised funding in 2014, here’s the list for 2015. The list is a little bigger for 2015, which is a good thing. The current year is likely to be better with new funds like the Independent and Public-Spirited (IPS) Media Foundation and Hindustan Times Accelerator supporting journalism related ideas. Photo Credit: Rakesh.   TheNewsMinute The company started by journalist Chitra Subramaniam Duella (of the Bofors scandal fame) and Dhanya Rajendran (Ex-Times Now) has raised close to Rs 4 cr from Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion Media. The news site focusses on…

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2015 Dec 09 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

A doodle of Democratic Republic of Congo from Anjan Sundaram’s Book. Earlier this month I quit The Economic Times to start my own media company. A colleague gifted me a book called Stringer: A reporter’s journey in the Congo. I’m a very slow reader but this book is so fascinating and grounded that I read it in about a week. I’m a big fan books authored by journalists. Some of them are legendary (read my listicle of journalists who have become great authors). There is usually a tone of certainty and clarity that makes their writing great. They also…

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2015 Nov 25 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

The The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships has started accepting applications from mid-career journalists and journalism entrepreneurs for the 2016-17 batch. About 20 journalists are selected each year. The best part of this fellowship is that you get to learn at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. It also comes with a sizeable purse ($65,000+), so you don’t have to worry about paying your bills while you are at it.  This fellowship is given out every year to about 20 journalists from across the world. It’s highly competitive, but many Indian journalists have made it to the program before. You need…

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2015 Oct 24 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

I tend to group new media companies in India into a few buckets. There are aggregators. And then there are brands.  You can slice them further by the type of content they carry or their business model. Here’s a quick list of such companies that I put together. I’ve also pieced together some information about what they do or how they make money for those who are interested. Overall, the trend seems to be that aggregators work on the traditional cost per click model. Brands seem to be liking native advertising (see ScoopWhoop’s model below). Events have also emerged as a…

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2015 Sep 18 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Earlier this month, business daily Mint had an interesting interview with Dominic Proctor, president, GroupM Global. The company buys over $100 Bn worth of media world wide. That’s 31% of media spend worldwide. It buys nearly 43% of India’s ad spend. Here are some excerpts from the interview. Which media—television, print, digital—is getting the largest revenue share globally? It varies enormously. In some countries like the UK and Sweden, digital is the biggest media type and Google is the biggest media owner. So that is around 50% market share. In India, digital is more like 10%. Obviously, it is a…

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2015 Sep 02 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Bangalore based new media company Yourstory raised funds earlier this month. This year so far, we’ve seen a handful of investments into new media. In July 2015, Newsinshorts raised $20 mn from Tiger Global, the New York based firm which has backed the likes of Flipkart. In February, NewsHunt (now DailyHunt), raised $40.5 mn from Falcon Edge Capital and existing investors such as Matrix Partners and Sequoia Capital. A bunch of other new media startups in India had raised money in 2014 as well. Among these, YourStory stands out because it creates its own content while DailyHunt or Newsinshorts are content aggregators….

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2015 Jul 26 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

[Note: Last month, Medianama, a website for news and analysis on the digital ecosystem in India turned 7 years old. Nikhil, who runs the company wrote an insightful post on the things he has learned. I asked him if we could re-post it here for those who’d like to do a media startup of their own and he agreed. It’s a long post but worth reading in full if you are running/ planning to run a media startup in India. So here goes] MediaNama turns seven today, and our seventh year has possibly been the most important in our history: the…

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