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ARTICLE: The first year of reporting #MeToo in Indian English language press focused on celebrity stories

A new research article by Suman Mishra of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, examines the phenomenon of news domestication and shows how hashtag activism originating in one country can have very different resonance in another. Mishra did a textual analysis of 641 news articles from five prominent English language newspapers: The Hindustan Times, The Times of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Indian entrepreunial journalism and social identity

How do entrepreneurial journalists see their social identity and how does this influence the journalism they practice? Summer Harlow of the University of Houston, and Monica Chadha of Arizona State University, interviewed founders, editors and journalists at 10 digital news startups in India. The researchers used and modified a typology form previous research to describe … Continued


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ARTICLE: Challenging the political elite remains restricted in India

The relationship between the news media and individuals of the political elite in India can be conceptualized as ‘contingent heteronomy’, a new study argues. Swati Maheshwari and Colin Sparks, of Hong Kong Baptist University, studied how authoritative and populist leaders like the Gandhis and Modi manipulate media power in the country. They interviewed 40 journalists … Continued


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PAPER: Women are underrepresented as expert commentators and news subjects in India

Women are underrepresented in the news in India, a new essay by Reshma Patil of Oxford University, states. The author examined previous studies on the topic and looked at two primetime news debate shows presented by a senior male and female broadcast journalists. In the debates, male experts dominated the airtime on diverse topics, such … Continued


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ARTICLE: Practices of mobile journalism at Hindustan Times

Mobile journalism practices have provided new skills to and have also been time-consuming for journalists, Indian reporters state in a new study. Anoop Kumar and M. Shuaib Mohamed Haneef, both of Pondicherry University, India, gathered qualitative data by observing and interviewing journalists and editors at Hindustan Times, the second biggest English daily newspaper in India. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Indian journalism education faces challenges

In India, journalism education is offered by hundreds of institutions, and approximately 30 000 aspiring journalists study the craft at any given time. Despite its popularity, the field still faces strong cross-pressures, Sanjay Parthasarathy Bharthur, of University of Hyderabad, writes. The technical skills of Indian journalism graduates have increased, Bharthur writes, while their capacity to … Continued