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Editors Guild Of India Statement On CBI Raids On NDTV

The Editors Guild of India expresses its deep concern over the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the offices of NDTV and its promoters today. Entry of police and other agencies into the media offices is a serious matter. NDTV, in various statements, has denied any wrong doing and termed the raids as "stepping up the concerted harassment" of the news channel and an attempt to "undermine democracy and free speech" and "silence the media." While the Editors Guild maintains that no individual or institution is above the law, the Guild condemns any attempt to muzzle the media and calls upon the CBI to follow the due process of law and ensure there is no interference in the free functioning of news operations. Source: The Editors Guild of India


Please don’t kill the messenger

For journalists—neither bestowed with any special rights by the constitution nor with any special resources by society—the times are particularly challenging, writes Shashi Shekhar, editor-in-chief of Hindustan. Source: Live Mint  


No, Radio Isn't Dead -- In Fact, AIR revenue up at Rs455 crore

India’s state-owned broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) recorded a revenue of Rs455 crore in the year ended 31 March, surpassing its annual target of Rs450 crore. The broadcaster earned about Rs45 crore in advertising revenue from its FM channels in 2016-17, up from Rs43 crore last year. AIR currently operates a total of 420 radio stations across India and it also extends operations to over 108 countries. AIR, which started as the Indian State Broadcasting Service, will complete 81 years of operations in June. Source: Live Mint


Three Indian journalists to get International Health Media Fellowship

Three Indian journalists - Dinesh C Sharma, Vidya Krishnan and Nabeela Khan - have been selected this year for the International Health Media Fellowships awarded by the Australian high commission and DataLEADS. The fellowship will provide Indian journalists and opportunity to examine public health programmes in Australia with a focus on digital health, medical technology and health systems. The fellowship program will be designed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with input from leading Indian health experts. 


Editors Guild ​of India ​Support​s ​journalist who is booked under Officials Secrets Act

The Editors Guild of India has termed as "unfair and unjustified" the registration of a case against The Quint  journalist Poonam Agarwal under the stringent Official Secrets Act (OSA) for carrying out a sting on the abuse of the "buddy" system in the Indian army. It said the report was done in the public interest and exposing the misuse of jawans by their seniors could hardly be construed as violating the OSA. For more, please click here.


​Photojournalists and reporting breaking news​

Is it a journalist’s responsibility to intervene in an unjust situation, or are they limited to acting as witnesses? Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and R. Umar Abbasi are among the many photojournalists who have been accused of not having stepped in to help their subjects. In cases where journalists such as CNN’s Sanjay Gupta do intervene, they run the risk of being labelled as unprofessional and lacking objectivity. To read more, please click here


50 Amazing Free Data Sources You Should Know

Here is a list of 50 publicly available websites that provide data on government, global issues, scholarly articles, social media, marketing, science, journalism, media and more


The untold story of Indian media

India’s media is the envy of many nations but the inside story is rarely told, of underpaid and overworked journalists, owners more interested in revenue than news, of newspapers as a tool of extortion and a medium of political disinformation. Source: Fountain Ink


India Improves On Transparency Corruption Index

India has marginally improved its ranking in the graft watchdog Transparency International's corruption perception index for 2016, a list topped by New Zealand and Denmark which are jointly ranked as the world's least corrupt nations. India's score has improved by two points as in 2015 the country had scored 38. Source ​: NDTV


PM Modi degree row: CIC allows inspection of Delhi University records

The Central Information Commission has directed Delhi University to allow inspection of records related to all the students who had passed BA degree in 1978, the year in which, according to the University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also cleared the examination. The issue of degree records cropped up after Aam Aadmi Party raised questions about the degree of PM Modi. Source: ToI 


Investigative Journalism Manual, KAS

Investigative journalism can be time-consuming, expensive and risky. And often, investigative journalists need to convince their editors that it is worth undertaking when day-to-day events can produce a perfectly satisfactory newspaper. So why is investigative journalism worthwhile, and what are the primary objections to it? Click here to read the Investigative Journalism Manual.


UN-Habitat Urban Data

Free and open access to data about countries and cities around the globe. The urban indicators data available are analyzed, compiled and published by UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory which supports governments, local authorities and civil society organizations to develop urban indicators, data and statistics. For more, click here:


What you need to know to get started with Facebook Live

Up until 2015, a news organization livestream mostly consisted of running a feed of their video content on their websites. Generally speaking, livestreaming equipment was considered costly. But Facebook Live changed that, making it easy for anyone to stream anything they wanted using just their cellphones and a decent internet connection. To read more, click here.


YouRTI.in (You Request the Information) Announces the Launch of its Web Portal

YouRTI.in (You Request the Information) has announced the launch of its web-based service providing citizens a simple, secure and free method to request information from the government. YouRTI.in takes care of nearly all aspects of filing a right-to- information (RTI) request. A user simply posts a question and leaves the rest to YouRTI.in, from filing the request and the filing fee to following up in case of a denial or lack of response. For more click here:


Aleph: A New Search Tool

Here's a guide through an exciting new search tool and database portal, developed by GIJN member OCCRP. Aleph allows users to search through large collections of documents and data sets, and create your own watchlists of companies and people. The resources available will be of special interest to journalists who follow business, organised crime, and illicit trade.  


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