By Nalini Rajan
The theories and practices of journalism in twenty first century India are mentioned during this quantity. The 4 major sections research: representing the unrepresented - facing the media illustration (or lack) of maginalized teams of society; the plurality of perform - learning the insurance of vital parts comparable to economics, felony matters, technology, arts and tradition and humour; the media in point of view - other forms of journalistic practices; and destiny traits - discussing more recent kinds of journalism reminiscent of running a blog
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b]From an enormous new Greek author, by no means prior to translated--a wide-ranging, muck-raking, fantastically written novel in regards to the unsolved homicide of an American journalist in Greece within the forties[/b]
In 1948, the physique of an American journalist is located floating within the bay off Thessaloniki. A Greek journalist is attempted and convicted for the homicide . . . but if he's published twelve years later, he claims his confession used to be the results of torture.
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The men were paraded before the media and forced to reveal details regarding their private life. Local media reports dutifully reproduced the police version of the incident. The headlines of some of the newspapers reports tell the story of the media coverage around the issue. ‘Four members of International Homosexual Club Held’ screamed the Dainik Jagran (5 January 2006), ‘Gay Club Running on Net Unearthed—4 Arrested’ read the Times of India (5 January 2006). Not to be left behind, ‘Cops Bust Gay Racket’ went the Hindustan Times headline (5 January 2006).
Anyway, Kunti was busy. Besides, she wasn’t paying too much attention. So she said, ‘Hannu? Share it,’ and went back to her prayers. That is how Draupadi ended up with five husbands. At the end of the story, Lakshmi Ajji always gave me, and whoever else was with me, fruit to eat. Mangos in the mango AT LEAST SOME CHILDREN GET ‘MOSAMBI’ SOME OF THE TIME 53 season, jackfruit in the jackfruit season, and mosambi (sweet lime) all year round. Well, that was my grandmother. She was special. ’ children have been complaining over the last six years at the writing workshop I facilitate at the Goodbooks Bookstore in Chennai.
The media relayed details put out by the only ‘official’ source available to them. The police claimed they conducted their entire operation because homosexuals were a threat to society. However, there were examples of comprehensive media reports like the CNN-IBN story on the arrests in January 2006—the first in the mainstream English and Hindi media to cover the story in an unprejudiced manner. The story began by contrasting the incident and the criminalization of homosexual acts in the country to the recent legalization of civil unions in Britain.
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