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Infosys Technologies ranked top for online Press-friendliness; most fare disastrously

Date published: November 18, 2010    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Deadline   
The website of Infosys Technologies has been ranked the most Press-friendly in India. The ranking was done at the end of a study which identified gaps in Indian corporate websites that do not allow for a productive interaction between companies and journalists. The Newsability of Indian Corporate Websites, released by Newswatch on Thursday, ranked 100 websites of Indian companies based on the findings. Tata, Dabur India Limited, Dr Reddy's Laboratories Limited and Aditya Birla Group came next in the rankings.
Infosys Technologies ranked top for online Press-friendliness; most fare disastrously

Media ignored indigenous Dongria Kondhs, gave lopsided coverage to corporate Vedanta

Date published: August 31, 2010    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
The Indian media by and large ignored the indigenous tribals living in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa while according lopsided, voluminous coverage to Vedanta during recent developments over the corporate giant’s controversial mining and refinery projects in the eastern state, an independent study has found.
Media ignored indigenous Dongria Kondhs, gave lopsided coverage to corporate Vedanta

Most media oulets threw ethics to the winds by naming the Orissa rape victim

Date published: June 12, 2010    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
After two months of silence, the nun who was raped and paraded naked by a frenetic mob of Hindu rightwingers in Kandhamal in Orissa, chose to speak about her horrifying experience at a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2008. She narrated her ordeal, and issued a signed statement. Many news outlets reported the heart-wrenching tale. But there were others who threw elementary media ethics to the winds and went overboard—they named the victim.
Most media oulets threw ethics to the winds by naming the Orissa rape victim

Written-off: How the Indian news media deals with its freelance journalists

Date published: January 13, 2009    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Deadline   
In late February last year, we carried out an informal survey of freelance journalists in India. The questionnaire itself was ad hoc, but the trends that emerged were clear—most freelance journalists in this country are perceived to be the stepchildren of the Indian news media. Though some indications are there, we want to come up with concrete numbers. Hence, this—the first ever research study about the status of freelance journalists in India.
Written-off: How the Indian news media deals with its freelance journalists

Mumbai terror attacks coverage was extensive but theatrical, DD News was least sensational

Date published: December 15, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
Shortly after it dawned on all and sundry that what was initially thought of as only a gang war, was in fact a concerted attack by terrorists on the night of November 26, 2008, all eyes of the nation, and the world, were trained on Mumbai. The coverage of the attacks was to become a watershed in India’s television history. But hardly had the first night wore on, signs of criticism of the coverage began surfacing. Over Facebook status messages, through SMSs, and subsequently through blogs and other outlets.
Mumbai terror attacks coverage was extensive but theatrical, DD News was least sensational

Media more concerned about rave party arrests than species extinction, finds Newswatch study

Date published: October 30, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
Every time the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announces its Red List of Threatened Species, the event is awaited with bated breath by wildlife conservationists worldwide. So it was even this year, given the fact that the situation seems to worsen with every passing year. The current species extinction rate, according to IUCN, is estimated to be anything between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural or ‘background’ rate.
Media more concerned about rave party arrests than species extinction, finds Newswatch study

Media covers accused more than victims in high-profile cases, finds Newswatch study

Date published: October 28, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
The last few years have seen a number of high-profile cases in Indian courts wherein the rich and mighty have been held guilty and sentenced to prison. The news media, in many cases, has been accused of conducting its own shadow trials. The news media coverage these court cases have derived has been phenomenal. This year saw Delhi courts passing verdicts in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder and BMW hit-and-run cases.
Media covers accused more than victims in high-profile cases, finds Newswatch study

The media added a communal colour to the October Assam clashes

Date published: October 23, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
Early October came the news that ethnic clashes had broken out in Assam. The two groups in question were the indigenous Bodos and Bangladeshi migrants. Sectarian violence in Northeast does not always make it to the front page of newspapers. But this one did — coming as it was in the backdrop of the attacks on Christians by Hindu rightwing elements in Karnataka and Orissa, and a palpable sense of Islamophobia that seemed to be all-pervading in the aftermath of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and New Delhi.
The media added a communal colour to the October Assam clashes

Noida CEO killing: Inaccuracies, inconsistencies , anti-labour bias marked coverage

Date published: October 2, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
On September 22, 2008, the chief executive officer of a firm in the industrial town of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh was killed by some sacked workers. Gory incidents like these, usually, bring out contentious issues that form the backdrop — provided those are contextually highlighted by the news media.
Noida CEO killing: Inaccuracies, inconsistencies , anti-labour bias marked coverage

Like tigers, good news coverage too these days is a rare sight

Date published: March 3, 2008    Author: Newswatch Desk
Research: Contentious   
In early 2005, wildlife officials in the Sariska Tiger Reserve discovered that poachers had wiped out the entire tiger population in the protected area. Once the lid was blown off, the tiger remained in the media limelight. Through the constitution of the Tiger Task Force to the launching of its controversial report on the status of tigers in the country, the big cat kept making headlines.
Like tigers, good news coverage too these days is a rare sight
 
 
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