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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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 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 08 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Online media and television is different from print media in many ways. But the most important difference is that you can measure almost everything online and on television. That’s one value proposition digital media offers its advertisers– targeting and more bang for the buck. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. The problem with being able to measure every small thing, that it quickly drags quality down the drain. Unless the editorial consciously decides that it doesn’t want more clicks. Or decide to focus on better metrics– like total attention minutes. Let me explain: There are certain type of articles that will…

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2015 Feb 08 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

When I was putting together the list of great writers who were journalists too, I missed out on someone big! Guess which writer turned out to have done some journalism too? Anton Chekov!  Anton Pavlovich Chekhov1860- 1904 Besides a collection of plays loaned to me by a friend, I don’t remember reading much of Chekov (yeah, go ahead and call me philistine). Last week The New Yorker published an article about Chekov’s non fiction the Sakhalin Island. Akhil Sharma writes: Aton Chekhov’s “Sakhalin Island,” his long investigation of prison conditions in Siberia, is the best work of journalism…

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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 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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2014 Jun 18 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Most things that are wrong about traditional newsrooms is in The New York Times’ recent report on Innovation in their newsroom. Especially, where the traditional players break stories and the aggregators eat their lunch. We see this happening every day! What’s really funny is that the 96 page report itself must have driven crazy traffic to Buzzfeed which leaked an published the report  and countless other new media outlets that excerpted it quickly, laid on their opinions and got creative with headlines. What is going on here? Like I’ve argued before, its mostly to do with newsroom skills. An important…

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