No Slack in the Newsroom

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 puts everything in one place. That is, you can have all your team members in a chatroom. You could have different channels to discuss different things. For instance, you could separate out editorial discussions from say design discussions or marketing discussions using channels.

Search: The whole thing is searchable, so you can retrieve information quickly. It integrates with a variety of useful apps like Twitter, Google Drive and Asana.

Mobile: Slack also has great mobile apps. However, they seem to be slower to load. That makes it a second choice to Whatsapp groups.  It doesn’t have a Windows or a Blackberry app.

Pricing: For smaller teams, the free version works great. The Standard, Plus and Enterprise tiers cost $6.67, $12.50 and $ 49-99 per user per month.

From what I’ve observed, it works better for online distributed teams. Offline teams might have to get used to it a little more until it becomes a habit.

Some newsroom users have expressed worries about discussing highly sensitive matters on the service because many people can see it and it also leaves a trail. But then we all know that email and instant messaging aren’t any better on that front. If its really sensitive, its best to talk face to face.

Also read: Now You Can IM Securely With Sources, Even If You Are A Tech Challenged Journo

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Indian Journalists on Twitter

If you are a news junkie, here– a motherload of daily fix. Its the twitter handle of Indian journalists. I’m not sure who created this document but I have a feeling that it was done by @labnol. So thanks to him/her. The list is not exhaustive or all inclusive. Feel free to add.

NEWSPAPERS

The Indian Express

  • @SuanshuKhurana
  • @Harneetsin
  • @annavetticad

The New Indian Express

  • @sisir_gupta
  • @PrabhuChawla
  • @M0therOfGods
  • @Deepa_R123

Hindustan Times

  • @madversity
  • @virsanghvi
  • @gchikermane
  • @nehadara
  • @jugni_on_acid
  • @seemagoswami
  • @pranavdixit
  • @sonalkalra
  • @YashicaDutt
  • @ymjoshi
  • @yashwantraj
  • @vinodnairscribe
  • @lovestruckcow
  • @meghamahindru

The Hindu

  • @nramind
  • @MaliniP
  • @ananthkrishnan
  • @ganant
  • @deepakurup
  • @tallstories
  • @venkiteshram
  • @Amannama
  • @Vidya_Ram
  • @SudhishKamath
  • @JournalistRoy
  • @ajaxiom
  • @svaradarajan
  • @lakshmisharath
  • @krishashok
  • @ketaki86
  • @praveenswami
  • @svaradarajan

Economic Times

  • @sruthirk
  • @thisissrividya
  • @therealjpk
  • @hiteshrajbhagat
  • @karanbajaj
  • @jojiphilip
  • @heyyparth

The Times of India

  • @bpradeepnair
  • @sreemoytalukdar
  • @mahafreed
  • @arorakim
  • @chidu77
  • @Ramkamal
  • @SaritaTanwar
  • @AshDeshmukh2011
  • @AdityaRajKaul
  • @nandibull
  • @javed_del
  • @theneela
  • @sreemoytalukdar

Mid Day

  • @SachinKalbag
  • @yoshitasengupta
  • @deephalder
  • @shashankshekhar
  • @lindsaypereira
  • @SupraMario
  • @sharinbhatti
  • @abhijitmajumder
  • @shynx

Tehelka

  • @vijsimha
  • @mriganayanika
  • @tehelkaimran

Business Standard

  • @priyankarocks
  • @nirajb

DNA

  • @shaaqt
  • @GauriSinh
  • @prachikad
  • @autumnshade
  • @saikatd
  • @djoiii
  • @calamur
  • @greatbong
  • @autumnshade
  • @mihirfadnavis
  • @AniGuha

Maharashtra Times

  • @kparaag
  • @AshishChandorka
  • @ashokpanvalkar

Sakaal (Marathi)

  • @samaphadnis

Mint

  • @sidin
  • @shukla_tarun
  • @priyaramani
  • @geetiga
  • @zahidjavali
  • @monikahalan
  • @samar11
  • @sanjuktasharma
  • @espydreams
  • @mint_ed

Sunday Guardian

  • @unessentialist

The Pioneer

  • @KanchanGupta
  • @offstumped

Bangalore Mirror

  • @vilakudy

Telegraph

  • @DelhiDean

MAGAZINES

India Today

  • @Surruchi
  • @shilparathnam

Forbes India

  • @nsramnath
  • @r0h1n
  • @indrajitgupta

Money Life

  • @suchetadalal

Outlook

  • @Namrata_Joshi
  • @prattyg
  • @sunitarora
  • @sundeepdougal
  • @mohitsatyanand

Entrepreneur Magazine

  • @ankushatwork

Filmfare

  • @jomeera
  • @jiteshpillaai
  • @FarhanaFarook

Vogue

  • @priyankakhanna
  • @ShrutiThacker
  • @anupamachopra

Grazia

  • @Mehernaaz

Frontline

  • @flvisha

Rolling Stone India

  • @bobin_james
  • @deeabolique

Elle India

  • @nonitakalra


TV / RADIO

NewsX

  • @J__K_
  • @pierrefitter

CNBC TV18

  • @cnbcSri
  • @NayantaraRai
  • @anuradhasays
  • @SuVenk
  • @AshwinRaghu
  • @ShrutiR
  • @AnkitV

NDTV

  • @PrannoyRoyNDTV
  • @UmaSudhirNDTV
  • @BDUTT
  • @nidhi_razdan
  • @vikramchandr
  • @VishnuNDTV
  • @RajivMakhni
  • @nazir_masoodi
  • @NatashaNDTV
  • @sidpatankar
  • @SoniaSinghNDTV
  • @soniandtv
  • @KulsoomNDTV
  • @NitinNDTV

CNN-IBN

  • @sardesairajdeep
  • @sagarikaghose
  • @Mrityunjoykjha
  • @somenm
  • @ratichaudhary
  • @Raghav_Bahl
  • @suhasinih
  • @pallavighcnnibn
  • @SumonCNNIBN
  • @smitharnair
  • @Samirabbas
  • @prathibha_ibn
  • @TMVRaghav
  • @hrvenkatesh
  • @palkisu
  • @jaithemon
  • @AmritaT
  • @anubhabhonsle
  • @Paarull
  • @GauravCNNIBN
  • @FatimaKaran
  • @RajeevMasand
  • @anuradhasays
  • @gaurav

IBNLokmat

  • @ibnlokmatashish
  • @waglenikhil

IBNLive.com

  • @Soumyadip
  • @Arunava
  • @RuchiraSingh
  • @PragatiRatti
  • @TweetingKenny
  • @Satanmig

Headlines Today

  • @akashbanerjee
  • @gauravcsawant
  • @nandinidurga
  • @ShivAroor
  • @PoulomiMSaha
  • @sabakazi
  • @rahulkanwal

Times Now

  • @dhanyarajendran
  • @sanketupadhyay
  • @bhavatoshsingh

ET NOW

  • @shailichopra
  • @sudhirsyal
  • @sonalikrishna

Star News

  • @milindkhandekar

NewsLive

  • @atanubhuyan
  • @zarirhussain
  • @paragaditya

News Today

  • @kbalakumar

TV9

  • @tulsidasbhoite


RADIO

Radio Mirchi

  • @mirchi983FM
  • @meemeera
  • @mirchimumbai
  • @RJShrey
  • @Mirchipune
  • @elninowski
  • @jeeturaaj
  • @rjsangeeta
  • @radiosuren

NLINE NEWS

BBC

  • @rajiniv
  • @mridubhandari

WSJ India

  • @RMantri
  • @harshgpolicy
  • @RupaSubramanya
  • @shefalianand
  • @margheritamvs
  • @wadhwa

NYT India

  • @vikasbajaj
  • @mbahree
  • @anupamachopra
  • @lpolgreen

AFP

  • @adamplow
  • @akannampilly
  • @MrBenShep
  • @philhazlewood

Asia News

  • @smitaprakash

Rediff

  • @vickynanjappa
  • @TheSai
  • @Toralvaria
  • @RajaSen

Yahoo

  • @sumantics
  • @amitvarma
  • @deepakshenoy
  • @mohitsatyanand
  • @venkatananth
  • @prempanicker

To be categorized

Freelancers / Multiple Publications
  • @gopinathmm
  • @speaktosriram
  • @indiatravelblog
  • @lakshmisharath
  • @ankitagrawal87
  • @bgmahesh
  • @jaiarjun
  • @PatelDevansh
  • @KomalNahta
  • @desijourno
  • @PritishNandy
  • @MriduKhullar
  • @2shar
  • @sunandanlele
  • @Abhinandanat
  • @acorn
  • @cemonde
  • @pooja1712
  • @crhemanth