Wider Stronger Better

network18_logoFurthering the News18 brand identity, Network18 is all set to launch three regional channels in June – in Assamese, Tamil, and Malayalam. Regional Business Head, ETV News Network, Mukund Setlur confirms that News18 is the brand they will be working on. » Good news for bongs, Tehelka Group to launch Tehelka Bangla news channel. The group CEO, Upendra Rai also confirmed that they will follow up with regional Hindi channels soon. » nexGTv, India’s largest subscription-led video entertainment app, now adds Bengali and Oriya channels to its kitty. With worldwide broadcast rights for Rupashi Bangla, Dhoom Music, News Time Bangla, and Alankar TV, nexGTv promises convenience to its expatriate audiences. » In light of the growing attacks on African nationals in the country, India Today attempts to uncover whether it’s focused racism or random coincidence being hyped. Meanwhile, Union Minister VK Singh was slammed by the Broadcast Editors Association (BEA) for his remarks terming the attacks as a ‘minor scuffle blown up by media’. » In protest of recent journo killings in central India, various journalist associations came out in front of the Guwahati Press Club on May 16th. Apart from demanding stringent action against the culprits, the demonstrators also sought special protection laws for working journalists from the Modi led Government. Meanwhile, recognizing the hardships faced by scribes in J&K, the Mehbooba Mufti government proposed a welfare fund with an initial corpus of 2 Cr for working and accredited journalists in the state. 


nnnnnSiddhartha Sharma makes a move to News18 (Network18 Digital) as Editor – Technology and Automobiles. He formerly worked with The Quint as Editor-Technology, Headlines Today as TV-Presenter of Gadgets & Gizmos show, and ET Now as Anchor & Assistant Producer. Siddhartha also handled Ad Sales at 93.5 RED FM, Delhi, and production at lifestyle-luxury channel, VOI Millionaire. Connect with this Noida based avid traveler @SidnChips. » Congrats to Sulagna Ghosh for joining Fairfest Media Ltd. handling B2B publications – Travel News Digest and Urban News Digest. She has previously been associated with Wonderlust as Associate Editor, Safari India magazine as Senior Reporter, and Young India magazine as Correspondent. New Delhi based avid reader and traveler can be reached @SulagnaGhosh88. » NDTV welcomes its new Chief Sub Editor, Nivi Shrivastava. She had her previous stints with Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. as Senior Sub-Editor and Reporter. New Delhi based Founder of Miss Junebug tweets @msjunebug_nivi.

TOI’s Health Icons

MediaMove1The Times of India, in association with Canyons Club presented the first edition of Health Icon awards on Sunday, May 29th, in Dehradun. With an aim to honor success stories of doctors from Uttarakhand, who have contributed significantly in the realm of wellness in the society, CM Harish Rawat felicitated almost 70 doctors with this award. » Women’s Welfare Society, an NGO, recently started a community radio station ‘Nammuru Banuli’ in Belagavi, Karnataka. Satish L. Jarkiholi, Minister for Small Scale Industries and district in-charge, inaugurated the station and said that it could play an important role in spreading awareness on various issues like literacy, health, women and child development and agricultural practices, provide weather information and cultural programmes to villagers. The Nammuru Banuli CRS will go on air at 90.8MHz from 7AM to 8AM and from 7PM to 8PM every day. » China opened a teaching and research centre for socialist journalism on May 29th, to train personnel for its expanding official media. The centre, a joint project between Tsinghua University and Fudan University facilitates the implementation of news reporting instructions issued by the central authorities.

50+ Writing Tips & Tricks

Stephen WaddingtonPodium welcomes Stephen Waddington, Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum, Visiting Professor in Practice, Newcastle University, and a friend of Skribe. Today, Stephen brings together 50+ writing tips and tricks from his network. Whether it is research before you write or the best time to write, hacks for workflow or structure and style, there are tips for everyone. Pick up your pens and get writing!

Booze and coffee, Hemingway, mind maps, and machine dictation are all writing tips from my network.
There have been some lovely responses to my A time to write article about mindfulness and my writing habits. Ged Caroll wrote about his motivation for writing, and his workflow.
Encouraged by the reactions, I asked my network to share their writing tips and habits via a Google Form. Amateur and professional writers shared their views; authors, bloggers, copywriters, journalists, and teachers all joined the conversation.

Here’s what I got back, along with web links and Twitter profiles. From style to structure, and from editing to forming habits, there’s something here for everyone.

Thank you to everyone that contributed.

Reading and research

  1. Read a lot.
    Alex Johnson
  2. Keep an open mind and instrument handy when reading or listening to (new) speakers and ideas. Jot down things that give you ah-ha moments. Process evolving concepts “in the air” from a variety of perspectives; amalgamate (attribute!) and create your unique take. Encapsulate in a post title EARLY on.
    Judy Gombita
  3. Read! Not just about the topic you write about but read widely – I am a big believer that if you do not read you cannot write. Read novels, read magazine articles, read government reports, read poetry, read anything; the more you read the better you will write!
    Isabelle Seren

Writing time

  1. Determine your best time to write – whether it is in the morning or later on. Once you decide what time works for you, make sure to schedule other activities around it. Create a space that allows you to do your best work.
    Karen Freberg
  2. I’m most creative first thing in the morning. The night before I rough out a straw man covering the points I want to cover, and the order. I ruminate overnight then, on waking, I plough through a first draft. The rest is tinkering and style.
    Scott Guthrie

For the entire list, click here.


MediaMove1Alexander Mathew makes a move to BloombergQuint as Principal Correspondent. He was associated with Cogencis Information Services Ltd. since 2011 as Reporter, Correspondent, and later as Senior Correspondent, and CNBC-TV18 as Senior Correspondent. Mumbai based Alexander can be reached @alexandermats.
» Kudos to Mridu Bhandari for joining Network 18 media and investment as Editor covering SMEs & Startups. She had her previous stints with ET Now in 2008 as Associate Producer and Deputy Editor, and CNN IBN as Senior Correspondent. Connect with Noida based Anchor, TV Content Strategist, and Ramnath Goenka Awardee at @mridubhandari.


PRMove1Zeno Group welcomes its new Director – Client Strategy, Bhuvaneshwari Natarajan. She had her previous innings with MSLGROUP India, Reliance Industries Ltd., Vaishnavi Corporate Communications, Vitcom Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Euro RSCG India (now known as Havas Worldwide India), and Brodeur Worldwide. She was featured amongst the Top 30 under 30 PR professionals in India, 2015. Bangalore based Bhuvaneshwari can be reached @joshibhuvi.
» Consulting Associate at Burson-Marsteller, Parakram Hazarika now gets elevated as Senior Consulting Associate. He has been associated with Genesis Burson-Marsteller since 2010 as Management Trainee (ALP), Associate and later as Senior Associate. He did his internship with Lexicon Public Relations Ltd. Parakram has been an awardee in SABRE Awards India 2013, WPPED Cream Awards 2011, and was nominated in Asia Pacific SABRE Awards in 2012. Connect with this New Delhi based avid photographer and traveler @parakram_h.

Encashing Foreign Praise

MediaWatch-Image24.5.16In an attempt to draw one up against the Indian media, Arvind Kejriwal took to citing foreign publications in which the AAP governance has been praised. The Delhi CM, at a public rally in Panaji, spoke about The Washington Post praising the ‘mohalla’ clinics and the Fortune magazine complimenting the ‘Odd-Even’ traffic scheme in the capital. » Times Now signs up Sky Media as exclusive ad sales partner for its London stint. Tarun Sawhney was also recently onboarded as Country Sales Manager for marketing and sales in the UK market. » Read what Rajen Garabadu, Chief Executive Producer, IBN News Network, had to say about the recent rebranding of CNN-IBN to CNN-News18 here. “The new look aims at providing the viewer a more enhanced viewing experience”, said Garabadu as he went on to explain the rationale behind the new identity – logo and design. » Bihar CM Nitish Kumar fails yet again to uphold his promise to protect the fourth pillar of democracy. In another embarrassing moment for the state government, Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar’s Hemant Yadav was abducted from his home on Sunday for not writing a news report in favor of local contractor, Haji Laddan. Thakur, who was taken to Sadar Hospital where he was beaten up and locked, was rescued by hospital staff. » Public Broadcasters of India (DD) and China (CCTV) to exchange mutual interest programs on the eve of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China. Check out the details of four documentaries to be telecast on DD Bharati here.