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  • Ranjona Banerji: Did the nation get to know what it wanted to know when Gentleman Goswami interviewed the PM?

    Ranjona Banerji: Did the nation get to know what it wanted to know when Gentleman Goswami interviewed the PM? Posted on 28 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS The Prime Minister is a consummate public performer and given that Goswami was largely docile, he was never going to be a threat, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: Does the BBC think Indians aren't interested in Brexit?

    Ranjona Banerji: Does the BBC think Indians aren’t interested in Brexit? Posted on 24 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS All of Thursday, as the world wanted to know about Britain’s vote on staying or leaving European Union, international news channels were quite on their own usual pet news subjects, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: The News via Facebook

    Ranjona Banerji: The News via Facebook Posted on 21 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS “Trending on Facebook” is my current favourite source of news, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: Rising prices sees end of media's love for Modi govt

    Ranjona Banerji: Rising prices sees end of media’s love for Modi govt Posted on 17 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS For the first time since 2014, I have begun to notice a change in the tide in previously pro-Narendra Modi journalists and media houses, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: An award for those who can watch TV debates every night!

    Ranjona Banerji: An award for those who can watch TV debates every night! Posted on 14 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS I admire people who can watch these TV debates night after night… they deserve the highest civilian awards for bravery, writes Ranjona Banerj

  • Ranjona Banerji: The world's media bids farewell to boxing legend Mohammad Ali

    Ranjona Banerji: The world’s media bids farewell to boxing legend Mohammad Ali Posted on 10 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS “As is the norm, international writers did not whitewash Ali’s mistakes and contradictions and the seamier parts of his life and personality. This is important because often in India, we expect all people we ourselves have placed on a pedestal to be perfect. And once we do that, reality disappears. The Indian media is especially guilty of this and most particularly with film and sports personalities,” writes Ranjona Banerji.

  • Ranjona Banerji: Is it right to expose Bihar 'toppers' on news television?

    Ranjona Banerji: Is it right to expose Bihar ‘toppers’ on news television? Posted on 07 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS We in the media will focus on scores and toppers and when we go beyond that, we make students the target of our scorn, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: Fun and games on news telly

    Ranjona Banerji: Fun and games on news telly Posted on 03 Jun,2016 | under BLOGS It’s deeply embarrassing when two news channels have done “exposes” on the same subject and when they are placed next to each other by the cable operator or satellite dish service, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: No news is not good news

    Ranjona Banerji: No news is not good news Posted on 31 May,2016 | under BLOGS But what does it cost any newspaper to have a small 400-word story on how the citizens of parts of Dehradun suffered after the storm, asks Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: Has Times Now's News Hour gone totally beyond journalism as we know it?

    Ranjona Banerji: Has Times Now’s News Hour gone totally beyond journalism as we know it? Posted on 27 May,2016 | under BLOGS “We realise that almost all “prime time” debates on news channels are platforms for cacophony and bad manners. We realise that little is to be gained or learned from watching these except the enjoyment of drama and spectacle. Many people I know, myself included, have stopped watching Times Now because of the noise and nonsense. However, there are times when we need to take stock,” writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Ranjona Banerji: Lies, Damned Lies and Data Journalism

    Ranjona Banerji: Lies, Damned Lies and Data Journalism Posted on 24 May,2016 | under BLOGS One of the fallouts of social media is that every other person is an expert on journalism without having read a newspaper, writes Ranjona Banerji

  • Two reviews of Results Day 2016

    Two reviews of Results Day 2016 Posted on 20 May,2016 | under BLOGS Our columnists Shailesh Kapoor and Ranjona Banerji review the fare on news television on Results Day. Must-read!

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