31 October, 2020

'The Editor? Do We Need The Fellow?'

Three commentators about the many ways in which the print media in India has evolved over the past 12 years.

Abhijit Bhatlekar
'The Editor? Do We Need The Fellow?'
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For 12 years, as it observed and covered a rapidly changing country, the Indian press itself changed at least as rapidly. Three commentators—B.G. Verghese, former editor of the Hindustan Times and Indian Express; Palagummi Sainath, editor, rural affairs, at The Hindu; and Robin Jeffrey, author of India’s Newspaper Revolution—talked to Raghu Karnad about the many ways in which the print media in India has evolved over the past 12 years.

On the biggest trend in the last 12 years

B.G. Verghese: A trend that has accelerated during this period has been the decline of editors. You still have editors who are proprietors of papers, but the status of independent editors—who aren’t owners or proprietors but independent journalists—has deteriorated. If the paper makes money without him, journalists and proprietors say, why do we need the fellow? Let’s just have him there as an ornament, a public relations figure. Editorial control has fallen, leading to shoddy journalism and heavy editorialising in news columns. And...

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