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The cost of knowledge

Why should research that is publicly-funded be cornered by journal publishers who charge steep subscription rates? Even Harvard University can no longer afford the $ 3.5 million it pays annually in subscription charges. V Sasi Kumar traces the history of the Open-Access movement that is sweeping the world

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Darfurnica: Art must offend, shock and disturb

Rajashri Dasgupta visits Nadia Plesner’s Darfurnica exhibition in Copenhagen and reports on the Danish artist’s victory over accessories giant Louis Vuitton, which sued her for using a Louis Vuitton lookalike bag in T-shirts and paintings of a naked African boy to highlight the situation in Darfur and to condemn media’s obsession with celebrity coverage


Assam: A minefield for journalists

By Nava Thakuria

Following the killing of J Dey in Mumbai, the safety of working journalists has been in the news. But Assam has seen the killing of over 20 journalists in the last two decades. And not a single conviction has taken place


Copyright, copyleft and everything in between

By Frederick Noronha

Filmmaker Paromita Vohra talks about her new film Partners in Crime, which explores issues around copyright, copyleft, culture and markets, and suggests that we might need a hybrid notion of copyright in which many forms coexist, just as we may need many markets based on many different ideas of exchange


Turning journalism on its head

By Veena Gokhale

Citizen journalism initiatives such as Global Voices, Open File and Media Co-operative get readers to tell editors what should be covered and how. They talk to the people affected first, and to the decision-makers later. A second report from the recent Citizen Media Conference in Montreal


Marginalised voices get a new life on the Net

By Veena Gokhale

From Vozmob, which helps Latin American immigrant workers in Los Angeles create and distribute stories about their lives using cell phones to an interactive network for Inuit and other indigenous communities, there is a growing universe of marginalised voices populating the Web. A report from a recent Citizen Media conference in Montreal


Kashmir's e-protest

By Fahad Shah

There is a rising tide of e-protest in Kashmir as the children of the Kashmir conflict make themselves heard through street graffiti, Facebook and YouTube


A totem pole for a brave new virtual world

By Nirupama Sarma

‘10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action’ is a smart, nifty resource package, loaded with valuable information and links that unlock the doorway to a world where hard data, software technology, creativity and sheer human ingenuity frisson to tell tales of human resilience and struggles for social justice


TB champions

By Ranjit Monga

It’s easy to blame the media for its disinterest in covering issues such as tuberculosis, which kills 1,000 in India every day. But the problem could be the way organisations working with TB communicate their information. Trainings in effective communication and media advocacy clearly help


Quiet death of a language

By Anosh Malekar

Boa Senior, the last speaker of a language called Bo -- one of the ten Great Andamanese languages -- died last week in Port Blair. She was aged around 85. With her death, the language that may have constituted the sixth language family in India has become extinct


War of the videos

By Aritra Bhattacharya

Films and videos that chronicle the peaceful resistance of people to powerful industrial and political interests that seek to dispossess them are extremely important at a time when all such dissent is criminalised. But they are often lost in the long list of films that seek to do just the opposite


Is media part of the solution or part of the problem?

By Darryl D’Monte

The North-South divide on climate change is very marked. An international congress of journalists held in New Delhi in October 2009 discussed how reporting on the issue could help clinch an agreement at the all-important Copenhagen meet in December


Women's voices hit the airwaves in Pakistan's tribal belt

By Zofeen T Ebrahim

Radio Khyber is among the four radio stations in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas started by the federal government in 2006 to counter militant propaganda and stem their growing influence in the region. And, a growing number of voices being heard over the air belong to women who have defied tradition and are working to demolish stereotypes in the area


How one newspaper thinks positive

By Papri Sri Raman

Positive +, a free bilingual newspaper brought out on a laptop from Asma Naseer’s living room is India’s first newspaper on HIV/AIDS. The paper’s commitment to building up a friendship with the reader and its innovative design have made it popular in and around Chennai where it already faces a demand for more copies than the 5000 it can afford to print


Moral panic in the media

By Hemangini Gupta

To what extent did the media help – and hinder – the Pink Chaddi campaign against moral policing in Karnataka and initiatives that followed, such as Fearless Karnataka/Nirbhaya Karnataka?


The making of media professionals

By Dr Mira K Desai

As the various branches of the media industry have grown and become more popular and hugely lucrative, the education and training of media professionals to meet the growing demand has become crucial. Yet, as this analysis shows, though there has been an explosion of private training and education institutes, they are more interested in ‘placing’ their students than in equipping them with the complex skills necessary to do a good job as a media professional


History of communication/media courses

By Dr Mira K Desai

Media courses in India come in a bewildering variety of nomenclatures, and are subject to differing standards of accreditation and course curricula


"TRPs have never been sought at the cost of ethics": Barkha Dutt

By Rashme Sehgal

NDTV Group Editor Barkha Dutt counters charges of insensitive, invasive and excessive coverage of the Mumbai attacks on 26/11


The stories you missed on primetime: Community newsmakers tell it like it is

By Hemangini Gupta

There's a community video revolution happening in rural India, and it’s no longer tokenism. Video newsmagazines are made, distributed and screened regularly and professionally. They’re even streaming online at a website called Channel 19


The story behind the visual

By Charumathi Supraja

Many print and online publications use freelance photographers, but their rights to their own work are a grey area that many publications exploit



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