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MediaMove2Anirban Sen starts his new innings with Mint and Hindustan Times as Contributing Writer. He had earlier worked with The Economic Times as Principal Correspondent, Mint/Hindustan Times as Staff Writer, Thomson Reuters as Correspondent and later as Online Producer, Press Association as Production Journalist, and Synergic as Copy Writer. He also contributed to The Hindu, Deccan Herald, and Citizens Matter as a Freelance Writer in 2009. He did his internship with The Times of India and Levi’s India’s online portal. Connect with Bangalore based startup, technology and e-commerce journalist, Anirban @ASenjourno. Synergic kya hai? We might want to mention.

01Aug_BTVi» Best Wishes to Raj Kumar Ray for his elevation at BTVi as Senior Editor covering Macro-economy & Treasury. He had earlier worked with Bloomberg TV India – Online as Consulting Editor, Skoch Group as Resident Editor, The Financial Express as Senior Assistant Editor, Ticker News as Deputy Bureau Chief, Reuters as Treasury Correspondent, and The Press Trust of India as Principal Finance Correspondent. Reach out to this New Delhi based journalist @_rajkumarray.

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icon-117290After a five year long stint as a Principal Correspondent at The Indian Express, Manasi Phadke embarks on a new journey with Hindustan Times as a Special Correspondent. She previously covered Maharashtra politics and policies regarding transport infrastructure, energy, and housing industries. She had also contributed to Reuters News and Deccan Herald as a Correspondent and Freelancer respectively, and as an intern at Indian Express and Maharashtra Herald. Connect with her @manasi87.

The Ken» Good wishes to Ashish K Mishra for joining The Ken, a recently launched online magazine, as a Senior Writer and Co-founder. He previously worked with HT Mint as a Deputy Editor as well as National Writer and covered Retail & E-Commerce and Automotive sectors. He had also contributed his efforts to Forbes India Magazine as a Senior Principal Correspondent and Economic Times as a Correspondent. He was felicitated with Star Performer of the Year award, 2006-07 and Social Service Medal, 2005 for his remarkable work. Connect with Ashish @akm1410.

Storytelling gets a Digital Twist

yusuf omar snapchatToday, Skribe features mobile journalist, virtual reality filmmaker, and snapchat storyteller, Yusuf Omar from Hindustan Times to take the stage on Podium. He recently joined Hindustan Times as Mobile Editor, aiming to make HT a success on small screens. He has earlier worked with eNCA, Al Ansaar, Grocott’s Mail, Creative Activation, and Collection House. Yusuf talks to Priyanka Mogul from IBTimes UK about using Snapchat to report on sexual abuse and undercover drug searches.

“It’s about experimenting with every platform and not taking them at face value. If you take Snapchat at face value, it’s for teenagers sharing nudies. You’ve got to look beyond that, you’ve got to look at how you can apply that technology for journalistic storytelling.”

These are the words of 27-year-old journalist Yusuf Omar. On 14 July, his work went viral after he used Snapchat to interview survivors of sexual abuse through a powerful and unique technique – Snapchat filters. The filters allowed the women to shield their identities and tell their stories for the first time without fear of being subject to the societal stigma surrounding rape.

But the power of Snapchat as a storytelling tool goes far beyond this. Speaking exclusively to IBTimes UK, Omar told us about the rise of “selfie journalism” and explained how he and his team at the Hindustan Times are using it to report on sensitive stories and conduct undercover investigations, as well as spread inspiring tales from across India.

“Mobile journalism has given us access to places that we would never have had before and has allowed us to tell stories in a far more discrete and intimate manner,” Omar said. “Nobody who has experienced that kind of horror wants to have a big boom mix and huge lights and a camera waving in their face. It has to be far more subtle.”

Snapchat to empower sexual abuse victims

Omar’s Snapchat coverage of the sexual abuse survivors’ stories was covered by media outlets across the world. Many marvelled in amazement at how seemingly juvenile filters had been used in such a meaningful and impactful way, forever changing the way they view Snapchat.

yusuf omar“Broadcasters have been blurring out faces, using silhouettes, and I just feel like you lose so much information. Facial expressions are critical when trying to understand. For the first time, we got to see somebody whose identity was hidden, but eyes were visible. You could see the drop of the jaw, the expressions on her forehead. It’s so much more intimate for a viewer trying to relate to the story.”

Watch Yusuf helping sexual abuse victims tell their story through Snapchat in the video here.

Omar hopes that in the future him and his interviewees will be able to create their own filters and not have to be restricted to a few pre-composed ones from Snapchat. He said: “If Snapchat open up their APIs and allow people to experiment with those algorithms, there’s no knowing where we could take this technology.”

Despite not being able to create their own filters, the women were definitely empowered during the interview. Omar explained that the women automatically gained trust in him because they could see with their own eyes how their identities would be concealed and they didn’t have to rely on it being done in a studio away from them. They also had the choice to choose which filter they used, deciding how much of their face they wanted to conceal and in which way. Then, they were left to themselves to narrate their own story, rather than be interviewed.

“They flicked until they found a filter that they thought best covered their faces,” said Omar. “That made them feel empowered – it made them feel part of narrative. They were telling their own story. Even more so in the way they directed their attention at that camera. This was a selfie; they were holding the phone. I didn’t even press the record button, I walked away. This was them looking at themselves in the eye and telling the most horrific story they could possibly recount.”

Read the entire article for more on going undercover in search of drugs and the future of ‘selfie journalism’ in India.

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MoversShakers1Congrats to Lavanya Narayan for joining The Hindu as a Freelance Contributor. She also writes for sub-publications of The Hindu Group i.e. Business Line, Business Line on Campus, Sunday Magazine and Catalyst. She has previously worked with The Hindu Business Line as Sub Editor, Khaleej Times as Freelance Journalist, and ExtraCake P.R.A as Public Relations Intern. Chennai based Lavanya was nominated at DIFF Young Journalist Award in Dubai International Film Festival. » Mumbai based Shiv Rajpurohit has joined Hindustan Times as Sr. Sub Editor. He was previously associated with The Asian Age as Sr. Sub Editor. » Ebin Gheevarghese joins The Times of India as Senior Copy Editor. He was earlier associated with The New Indian Express since 2013 as Content Editor and later as Sub Editor.

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MoversShakers-Image3.5.16Bobby Ghosh quits Quartz as Editor-at-Large and joins Hindustan Times as Editor-in-Chief replacing Sanjoy Narayan who joined the English daily as the Editor-in-Chief in 2008. Bobby has previously been associated with CNN, Time Magazine, Far Eastern Economic Review, Businessworld, Business Standard, and Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. Connect with this food and football lover at @ghoshworld. » Congrats to Ira Dugal for her promotion as Deputy Managing Editor at HT Mint. She was earlier the Assistant Managing Editor at HT Mint, Resident Editor at Financial Express, Resident Editor and Reporter at NDTV, and Assistant Producer at CNBC Asia. Connect with Mumbai based Ira @dugalira. » Rohit Bansal takes his exit from the Board of Directors of TV18 Broadcast Ltd. He was one of the founding members of TV18 with Raghav Bahl. Previously with India TV as Director, The Times of India as Senior Business Correspondent, Zee Business as Business Editor, and The Pioneer as Columnist, Rohit also worked with Governance Now, DNA and IANS. Connect with Rohit @theRohitBansal.

The Assamese Awardee

ChaiTime-Image3.5.16Congrats to Anuradha Sharma Pujari, popular Assamese writer-journalist, for being awarded with the Assam Press Correspondents’ Union (APCU) Award on Saturday, 30th April. APCU, celebrating its foundation day, honored Anuradha for her contribution to the local media. » The sixth edition of The Brand Trust Report named Hindustan Times as India’s most trusted print media brand. The English daily, with a readership of 4.5 million across the country, is the top read in Delhi-NCR and the second most read in Mumbai. » According to Facebook India’s recently revised policy, following SC orders, a post will be taken down on counts of illegality when a government or legal document is presented along with the appeal, only after the company scrutinizes it with its legal team. This will help the social media giant with better management and content filtering, curbing a lot of irrelevant requests. » Google these days is busy testing its new feature that will allow people or groups to post short bits of text directly into Google searches. Along with the text, those participating can put in an image, video and link. This new feature is bound to become a headache for the micro-blogging site Twitter as it will kick Twitter’s own content down in Google searches. See more.

Under One Umbrella

MediaWatch-Image26.4.16I&B Minister Arun Jaitley recently announced the merger of several government media units under one umbrella – the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP). The exhibition wing of the Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity, Song and Drama Division and the Public information campaign (programme under the PIB), among others, will now be a part of DFP. The merger is expected to increase the effectiveness of rural outreach and improve synergy between field units. » Veteran journalists, with over 25 years of experience, form the editorial team of ‘Khel Today’. To be published monthly henceforth, the Hindi national sports magazine was launched in the capital on Wednesday by eminent coaches, players and administrators. Renowned sportspersons such as former India Cricket Captain Ajit Wadekar and former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan have written articles for the magazine. » Read Bahujan activist and contributing editor Round Table India, Kuffir’s opinion on alternative media in the country here. Kuffir, in an exclusive with HT, said “All Brahminised sites wish to ‘cover’ caste issues, we (RTI) on the other hand, talk of the mainstream – the Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi majority of India.” » Adding to assaults targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners, a senior editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine ‘Roopbaan’, Julhas Mannan was brutally murdered on Monday. According to a BBC report, the gay rights activist had also worked with the US development agency USAID.