2015 Jun 25 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

As readers increasingly consume news and journalism online, it has become important for journalists to be able to publish and be discovered on the Internet. It isn’t hard to setup and run a website and publish your stories or blogs. One of the best and easy to use tools out there to setup and run a website of your own is WordPress. It started as a blogging platform but now it’s much bigger than that. Its versatile enough to be a blog or a content management system. It has become one of the most preferred platform for independent, community and even commercial journalism…

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2015 May 21 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Delhi headquartered HT Media Ltd which publishes The Hindustan Times will launch an accelerator for media and ad:tech companies in partnership with North Base Media, VCCircle reports. I spoke to someone earlier this week who will be involved in the process. The company is still ironing out the details. Former WaPo editor Marcus Brauchli founded North Base Media. HT is said to have sent out invites for a press conference to announce the launch this Friday. Update: More details from the press conference. The accelerator will be launched as a 50:50 joint venture to invite ideas from entrepreneurs. Seven ideas focused…

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2015 May 09 By jayadevanpk 1 comment

Former editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan is planning to launch a new news website called The Wire. Veradarajan is the latest to join ranks with Indian media veterans like Shekhar Gupta, Raghav Bahl and Barkha Dutt  to launch new media ventures recently. Varadarajan’s startup has tied up with news agencies for content and wants to raise Rs 10-12 cr in the next six months, reports Mint. He will team up with Sidharth Bhatia, an Asian Age columnist and dramatist Girish Karnad’s son Raghu Karnad to launch the site. He told Mint: We want to build a platform for independent journalism….

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2015 May 06 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

The ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium, now on its 10th edition since 1998, will gather some 25 practicing journalists and experts from Asia and Europe for a closed-door, informal meeting to discuss important issues of common concern and its related media challenges. The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium will focus on crisis reporting and what Asian and European journalists can learn from each other. Travel to and from Luxembourg, accommodations, and conference meals will be covered by the organisers. Interested journalists can apply at http://bit.ly/ASEFJC10.

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2015 Apr 18 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Although I occasionally watch news on television and have a few friends who work for major news channels, I know very little of how TV news works. But nothing I’ve seen on television news has been exciting at least for the last 10 years. Since we have a lot of television veterans like Shekhar Gupta, Raghav Bahl and Barkha Dutt starting new companies here’s an idea: how about making edgy and investigative television news? It would be different from the boring documentaries and shouting matches that we are tired of watching. I’d like to see extremely well produced newscasts that are a…

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2015 Apr 09 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Bangalore Open Data Camp (ODCBLR) is an annual un-conference that provides a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India with the aim of promoting an open-data culture in government, private and the not-for-profit sector. The 2015 edition of  ODCBLR will be an Education Special. With the growth of data and analytics in education, and the organizations working to demystify government data, the time is right to create a space for data enthusiasts to come together to work through issues unique to this sector. This year’s event will have representatives from NCERT, NAS, ASER and KLP…

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2015 Mar 30 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

I’ve been preaching about the skills required for new newsrooms for a while now. They are easy to acquire if you put some effort into it but even the best journalism schools in India can’t teach you most of these skills. Traditional newsroom jobs are dying. Or they are getting a heavy makeover. New kinds of journalism (or rather content) jobs are being created by new companies like Upworthy and Buzzfeed or even old media houses that are trying to come to terms with the Internet. I’ve been meaning to write a more detailed post about what would a typical new newsroom…

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2015 Mar 21 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

The same day Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion media launched its website The Quint, former Forbes India editors Indrajit Gupta & Charles Assisi launched their own website FoundingFuel. Ah..another site! Not really. The site has some of the best writers on business and technology. Rohin (ex-forbes) & Ramnath (ex-forbes) and a few others have started writing for the site. There are a whole bunch of contributors as well. Assisi has had a long stint in journalism  and that probably makes it easy for him to fire up great pieces like this: Ankit Fadia Revealed. I’m so looking forward to reading them. So another site with great writers…

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2015 Mar 10 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

I’m not planning to do a lot of news on this site. But this is big and sad at the same time. Gigaom is shutting down. And I’m sure tech bloggers around the world are trying to make sense of this. Apparently, the company isn’t able to pay its debts anymore. Readers of the tech blog were greeted with the following message this morning Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations…

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2015 Mar 09 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Media conglomerate News Corp is acquiring VCCircle Network, which includes web properties VCCircle, Techcircle, subscription based VCCEdge, VCCircle Training and its conference business. The company did not disclose size of the deal but said that it’s expected to close in March. News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said This significant investment is a sign of our faith in India’s future and our enthusiasm for working with and building up emerging talents in the country,” said . “India is an increasingly meaningful part of our portfolio, which is itself increasingly digital and global.   Noida based VCCircle was founded by Sahad PV…

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