2014 Jun 01 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Sports journalists, and football fans: I’m going to do you a giant favor. That is, if you haven’t figured out a way to do this already. It’s less than 2 weeks to the FIFA World Cup! If you are having trouble keeping track of the matches, here’s an easy way to do it. Download this calendar file which has the Fifa World Cup 2014 Schedule in it. And import it into your calendar application. It should work with Google Calendar, Outlook and most of them that support import from an ics file. And you are done! In case you need help, here’s…

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2014 Apr 05 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Strict style sheets have become old and irrelevant in the digital world. What it means is that you have the kind of freedom that a newspaper can never afford. What it also means is that the responsibility to make your story legible, or present it beautifully is yours. Assuming that you’ve covered the basics like grammar, spelling and dealt with questions like why should the reader care, it would be a good idea to check your post for legibility. There are no hard and fast rules on the Internet. Here are some tips and tools to improve online writing. 1. Clear and…

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2014 Mar 09 By Jayadevan 0 comment

Photo credit: Esther Vargas/ Flickr What does a reporter’s job look like in the digital era?  While all the qualities and skills of traditional reporting are needed in the online world, journalists in the digital world often have to go the extra mile. When I was working for offline dailies, I just had to write a good story to feel like a king. The desk would edit it, find a great headline, a designer would make it look good. A photographer would give us some great pictures to go with it. The press would print…

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2013 Nov 30 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Like me, many of you might have wondered: Should I learn to code? The answer is quite simple: you don’t need to. Let’s think about what you want to do. As a journalist, you probably  want to tell great stories, track a beat, break news & bring insights to the reader. You also want to create an impact with your stories. Will learning basics of coding solve the problem? I don’t think so. What should you be learning instead? 1. Get better at news gathering: With sources going direct and conversations shifting to the social media, it’s a good idea…

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2012 Jun 28 By jayadevanpk 1 comment

Bored of the old fashioned ways of dumb news anchors? Folks at The Juice Media.com take it to a whole new level. Journalism has changed. And how! Take a look: For better or for worse. Link via Imran Khan. Also read There are no heroes or villains, not in real life Secret diplomacy sucks, so does US diplomacy

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2012 May 23 By jayadevanpk 5 comment

Excuse this plug. But I have to do this.  Last Saturday, I debuted on international television! I was interviewed by the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for Click, their flagship technology programme. You must have already read about the Click team’s arrival in Bangalore to film the tech scene in India. The episode was aired on the BBC on Saturday and Sunday, last. Despite my extensive acting experience in the Doordarshan era, as a 12 year old protagonist in a telefilm which never aired and as the hero’s childhood sidekick in another teleserial and a cameo role (I was maybe…

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2012 Mar 13 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Is it still true that when a man bites a dog its news? If yes, by the same logic, I have news. It isn’t very often we hear a journalist say good things about another. As Mint’s editor R Sukumar once pointed out in a column, hacks usually don’t have kind words for fellow hacks. In a rare and perhaps bewildering (to many who can’t think of saying: Oh that story? I only gave it to him, that’s an old story) gesture, senior journalist K Balachandran has penned down a poem in praise of Joe Scaria, a journalist for nearly…

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2011 Dec 26 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

As the government tries to keep one inconvenient watchdog at bay(RTI), another comes along (Lokpal). Cartoon by Alok Nirantar. Read more about him here.If you like his cartoons, drop in a line at breathing.cartoons@gmail.com .

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2011 Dec 22 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Brilliant commercial made for Mumbai Mirror by Taproot India. Agency: Taproot India Client: Bennett & Coleman Brand Team: Rahul Kansal, Priya Gupta Creative Directors: Santosh Padhi, Agnello Dias Writer: Agnello Dias Account Management: Mandar Sawant Production House: RDP Director: Abhinay Deo Music: Ram Sampath Executive Producer: Apurba Sengupta

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