Facebook At Work

960-facebooks-new-website-will-allow-you-to-officially-start-facebooking-at-wor.jpgSandeep Kalsi is a Board advisor, focused on leadership development in marketing/media & tech companies.

Don’t be shy, take that extra step into a more sophisticated and collaborative workplace with Facebook at Work. Ok, maybe not just yet! Rolling out in phases, the recently launched enterprise offering from Facebook is going to make things a lot easier for you. Likes, comments and shares will start to have new meanings.  In reality, collaboration tools have been happening for a while, in larger companies some of us have grown up with clunky corporate intranets, which may have served some useful business and admin functions but never really took off as a serious communication platform. More than likely, you’ll be using some sort of group tool, either Skype or WhatsApp. If you’re a little bit savvier, you may have been exposed to the next generation product suite which includes the likes of Slack.  FB @ Work, no doubt, is likely to be a game changer.  “Likes” may point to positive or negative reactions from employees; “shares” will drive exchange of ideas, good communication and perhaps improve business speed.  The ability to canvass opinion and make quick decisions is not a bad thing!!

With FB, one thing is certain, its UI will bring a huge amount of familiarity for users and that could drive mass adoption, especially if it is free in some form. The level of market disruption is naturally expected to be huge.  I’m a huge fan of the connected workplace, it’s definitely making its mark. Something any platform provider must do is provide a layer of collaboration tools and options, to enable teams to interact, network and feel part of a community.

Well how does this impact PR, media and marketing professionals? Examine what sort of tools your team or agency are using. Make choices based on improving communication horizontally and vertically in your organization, this will in most cases positively impact employee engagement. In India, the workplace demands good communication protocols, managing virtual teams, and driving Pan-India campaigns across remote locations is extremely challenging. Add to that the preference of controlled communication in India, which probably is the reason why conventional enterprise networks are still the first choice. At Skribe, we’re using all of the above to help us run our business – connecting our data, research and customer teams. Collaboration and sharing is also top-of-mind when we are developing the enterprise and agency solution. As long as work profiles are kept separate from personal ones, FB @ work will add to the conversation. Engage.


PRMoves1Former PR Executive at Mavcomm Consulting Pvt. Ltd, Mittali Bharti now joins Value 360 Communications as Associate Account Consultant-PR Client Servicing. She did her Internship in Mavcomm Consulting Pvt Ltd. and All India Radio & Communication. Delhi based Mittali can be reached at @MittaliBharti.

PRMoves2» Noor Enayat joins Zeno Group as Account Director. Her previous stints were with PR Pundit, The Communication Council Green Goose Design, Colorbar Cosmetics, InTouch Communications, and Genesis Burson – Marsteller. Delhi based Blogger at ‘PHOENIX’ has a keen interest in Literature and works closely with the LGBT activists in India against section 377 on various issues. Connect with her at @noorenayat.


MoversShakers1Irfan Rashid has moved to Financial Chronicle as Sub Editor. He was earlier a News Reporter at Rising Kashmir Newspaper, an English daily from Jammu and Kashmir, and covered conflicts, politics, environment, urban/rural development and features from Srinagar. He also worked as a Freelance Reporter at Kashmir Life for more than a year (2014-2015). Delhi based Irfan blogs at ‘Journalist Irfan Rashid’ and can be reached at @IRFAN_KASHMIRI.

MoversShakers2» Congrats to Arindam Majumder for being promoted to Senior Correspondent in Business Standard, covering the sectors of aviation, business of sports, and media. He was formerly the Staff Reporter at Business Standard tracking policy and regulations in the aviation sector. Connect with this Delhi based journalist @ari_maj.

Special Cause Special Edition

MediaWatch-Image23.2Celebrating the Make in India initiative, Condé Nast India unveiled
a special magazine at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai last week. Launched by Amitabh Kant, secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and Alex Kuruvilla, MD, Condé Nast India, the 200-page issue features success stories across technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, auto, design, and lifestyle sectors. » The Hoot reports on how Zee TV incited action against JNU students in the sedition case. Disgusted by his channel’s coverage on the matter, where there were more assumptions than facts, more bias than opinion, producer Vishwa Deepak resigned. Deepak questioned the channel’s alliance with the Delhi Police, BJP and RSS. “Due to our biases, we brought the careers, their hopes and aspirations and families of some people to the brink of destruction”, wrote Deepak in his resignation letter. Editor Sudhir Chaudhary brushed it under the carpet stating that people leaving “is a normal affair and it’s the organization’s internal matter.” » The doctored video showing JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar shouting anti-national slogans has sparked a fresh debate. Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire and Arnab Goswami of Times Now are both holding ground on opposite sides. While Goswami maintains Times Now did not telecast the fake video directly and cannot be held responsible, Varadarajan demands action against all mediapersons peddling ‘forged’ evidence.


MoversShakers-Image24.2.2016Namit Hans starts his new innings with The Indian Express as Sub Editor covering Current Affairs and Politics. He was earlier associated with Catch News as Sub Editor. Noida based Namit blogs at ‘Blog-O-Life’ and has a keen interest in social issues, reading about religion and mythology, and sports. Connect with this liberal atheist @HansNamit. » Sumit Nagpal says goodbye to the media industry and joins Nagpal & Associates as Advocate. Sumit has recently moved from News X where he served as Anchor cum Deputy Editor since 2012. Prior to this he has worked with India News, Live India, and India TV. Blogger at ‘Spread Law’ tweets @Spread_Law. » Komal Anbarasan steps down as the CEO of Makkal TV. He was formerly the Chief News Editor at Makkal TV and journalist at Sun TV Network. He has received several awards, including Best Young Journalist and Best Young Writer award from the Thiruppur Tamil Sangam.

Red Ink Awards

ChaiTime-Image23.2Mumbai Press Club has invited entries for the 6th edition of its National Red Ink Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2016. Entries, in the given categories, can be submitted latest by February 29th. Outstanding Journalists will be awarded with the two awards ‘The Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. » Converged TV and Internet access provider Lukup Media joined hands to launch dual-play services on 17th February, in selected areas of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bengaluru. This one of its kind technology is made entirely in India and is aimed to change the way content is accessed through TV and Internet at homes. See more » Skype introduced its new group video calling feature for Android, iOS and Windows phone users. This new feature from Skype supports full HD broadcast and up to 25 users can participate in group calling. To support this Microsoft has partnered with Intel in order to optimize SILK Audio.

The Crumbling Fourth Pillar of Democracy

PodiumImage18.02.16Vandita Naroola, Product Manager at Skribe, blogger and avid reader takes a stance on journalists being soft targets for violence in India.

Intolerance and anti-national seem to be buzzwords in the country at this time and the definition of free speech is easily moulded to suit the reality of people in power. The open assault on journalists at JNU this week along with recurring accounts of crime against journalists reported last year in September and October are proof why India ranked 14th on the Impunity Index report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, and was Asia’s deadliest country for media personnel in 2015.

This leads us to believe that we being the largest democracy in the world hardly work at providing a safe and conducive work environment to the fourth pillar of democracy – media and press.

In the case of JNU students shouting anti-Indian slogans at a meeting on February 9th, expressing solidarity with Kashmiris, which had them booked on sedition charges, freedom of speech was found deeply compromised.

Even though the Student Union and all leftists groups at JNU strongly criticized the sloganeering, the Delhi Police decided to make a statement by arresting Student Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition, based on complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and BJP’s student wing ABVP.

The Police, law enforcers, did nothing to uphold the law, when several journalists reporting at the Patiala House Court on Monday, where Kanhaiya was presented, were beaten up and abused by a group of lawyers. Top editors of national media and hundreds of journalists staged a protest, walking from the Press Club to the Supreme Court, demanding action against the clear violation of democratic rights. The journalists submitted a memorandum to the apex court’s Registrar seeking cancellation of licenses of lawyers involved in the assault.

Not easily extinguished, the fire bellowed stronger yesterday when Kanhaiya, who has been detained in judicial custody till March 2nd, was battered by some lawyers in court. A journalist and a student were also alleged collateral damage in the repeated violence.

Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley, tweeted in support of the media saying they have an unhindered right to report and attacks against them are highly condemnable. Still, the appalling state of affairs in this matter needs immediate rectification.

The two critical instruments for preserving harmony – the State Police and the Government need to take firm action against this absolute abuse of power and public sentiment. We will not be walked over by people bowing to the whims of politicians. Don’t be a mute spectator, make your voice heard.