MediaMove1Trainee Correspondent cum Sub Editor at The Indian Express, Pooja Khati now gets promoted to Features Correspondent. She covers art and culture with specialization in films and documentaries and also handles the production of the ‘TALK’ page (The Indian Express). Previously, she was an Editorial Intern at WWF-India in 2011. Blogger at ‘poojakhati7’ tweets @poojakhati7.
» Priyanka Bhadani makes a move to The Week as Senior Correspondent covering films, theatre and television. She also tracks culture, cuisines, and history.  Previously with Star India as Senior Executive (Content), The Indian Express as Senior Sub-Editor, Indiantelevision.com as Senior Sub-Editor cum Reporter, and Deccan Chronicle / Asian Age as Senior Sub-Editor. This Mumbai based avid traveler can be reached @priyankak3.



Living With Technology

SnapchatSnapchat to launch Real Life, an online magazine which will feature essays and narratives about living with technology, on June 27th. Having complete editorial independence from Snapchat, Real Life will focus on “how we live today and how our lives are mediated by devices”. The online magazine will have social theorist Nathan Jurgenson as Editor-in-Chief. » After The Indian Express and Outlook exposed the story of the ‘Essar tapes’ leak on Friday June 17th, only a handful of newspapers and TV channels gave it due coverage. The Essar tapes indicate corruption in houses of the most powerful, the allegedly tapped conversations are said to involve politicians like Jaswant Singh, Suresh Prabhu, Mulayam Singh Yadav, industrialists Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Subroto Roy, and many more. Read Newslaundry’s detailed report on media’s subdued reactions here. » Zee ties up with DISH and Sling TV to expand its presence in the US market. The ZEE channel tally available in the US goes up from 10 to 37, with a combined reach of 52 million homes. Zee’s premium on-demand library will also be exclusively available on DISH and Sling TV. The new channels will be available in varied languages like Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Odia, Rajasthani and Urdu. » After tracing the history of Asia’s oldest newspaper – Mumbai Samachar, The Hoot explores the story of Asia’s second oldest newspaper – Jam-e-Jamshed in their special series ‘Living Legends’. » Aiming to strengthen education in the state, Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema announced the government’s plans to launch Vidya TV soon. A dedicated educational channel, mostly for the benefit of school students preparing for competitive exams, Vidya TV will present recorded lectures by experts, initially focusing on Class X and XII students. The channel is likely to be launched in a month’s time, said the minister.

Panama Probe Celebrated

ChaiTime-Image21.6.16The Panama Papers probe has been awarded with the Data Journalism Award 2016 for Investigation of the Year at the Global Editors Network (GEN) summit in Vienna on Thursday, 16th June. A collaborative work of more than 100 media organizations including The Indian Express, the Panama Papers exposed the inner workings of the secretive offshore financial system in Panama. Accepting the award on behalf of ICIJ, data journalist Cécile Schilis-Gallego paid tribute to the global team of reporters and the source of the Panama Papers data. » Celebrating the 15th death anniversary of Moturi Hanumantha Rao, Founder-Editor of Prajasakti, the newspaper presented awards to its journalists in Anantapur on Saturday, 18th June. V Gopi, Staff Reporter bagged VR Bomma Reddy Memorial Best Journalist award for the year 2016 while senior journalist Dasari Alwar Swamy was chosen for the Moturi Hanumantha Rao Memorial Best Journalist award and Dandapani was selected for Best Rural Reporter award. » Today, on the morning of second International Yoga Day, PM Narendra Modi urged people to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health. Modi oversaw some 30,000 yoga enthusiasts in Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex performing deep breathing and stretching exercises before joining them. Over 96,000 people had registered themselves to take part in the event. » With an aim to facilitate loans to financially weak students wishing to pursue higher studies in the national capital after passing their Class XII examination, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched an online portal on Monday. Students will not be required to furnish any collaterals or margin money in the scheme, which will be universal in nature, regardless of the student’s background. See more.


iePranav Mukul joins The Indian Express as Senior Correspondent covering Finance Ministry. He was previously associated with Cogencis Information Services Ltd. as Correspondent, OutLoud Magazine India as Managing Editor, and 90 Minutes Magazine as Sub Editor. He interned with CNN IBN and Sports Illustrated India Magazine. Connect with this New Delhi based football enthusiast @pranavmukul.

Thomson-Reuters» Radhika Bajaj starts her new innings with Thomson Reuters as Presenter/Producer. She had her previous stints with Times Now as Senior Consulting Anchor, Miditech Pvt. Ltd. as Senior Producer, Bloomberg UTV as Assistant Editor, and TV Today as Principal Correspondent. Mumbai based avid traveler can be reached @radhikabajaj.


MediaMove1Arif Khan Mansuri makes a move to The Indian Express as Deputy Copy Editor. He was earlier with The Patrika Group as Online Editor, Exchange4media as Correspondent, and Jansandesh as a trainee. Jaipur based Arif can be reached @arifjarnou.


» Anand Singh has joined Indo Asian News Service as Senior Correspondent. He had his previous spells at The Statesman as Special Correspondent, World Mobile News Network as Special Correspondent, Bureaucracy Today as Correspondent, Times Now as Senior Reporter, Asian News International as Journalist, and My Mobile as Reporter & Analyst-Research Bureau. Delhi based investigative journalist Anand has received Best Reporter Award in 2010 by Sudarshan TV News, Best Journalist Award in  2011 by Yatharth, and Best Investigative Journalist in 2012 and 2013 by Bhojpur Darshan Charitable Trust.

Project P’s A-Team

MediaWatch-Image12.4.16Panama Papers, codenamed internally as Project Prometheus, had The Indian Express as the reporting partner from India. Led by Ritu Sarin, also a long-time member of ICIJ, the three member Delhi team was privy to the actual investigations. 22 journalists from state bureaus were also a part of the team from Indian Express. Sarin and team, P. Vaidyanathan Iyer and Jay Mazoomdaar, spill the beans on the secret project in a tell-all to The Hoot. » Network 18’s English news channel, CNN-IBN, to get a new identity. In the first major change under Mukesh Ambani’s ownership, the channel will be rebranded as CNN News18 from 18th April 2016. Fresh shows are also lined up for the channel’s new look. » Piyush Pandey and Rajat Sharma to join the recently constituted committee for content regulation in government advertising. To be chaired by BB Tandon, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, the three member committee will be operational from Delhi for an initial tenure of two years. Read more. » The King of Good Times is no longer a partner for NDTV Good Times. After their contract with Kingfisher (UB Group) ended on March 31st, NDTV is on the lookout for a new anchor advertiser for their lifestyle channel. The channel has already removed the Kingfisher bird from its logo. » One of India’s five ABCs (Accredited Business Communicator), with about two decades of Corporate Communication experience, Saima Sharif has embraced her entrepreneurial side. She announces the launch of Crimson Communicare LLP, an integrated internal communications agency. “We provide end-to-end solutions for all Internal Communication needs – from measurement to Strategy to Ideation to Execution,” she said. Read more about Crimson’s integrated approach to internal communication here.

Panama Nets Big Fish

MediaWatch-Image5.4.16Over 500 Indians outed in the Panama Papers list. Big names on the list, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Indiabulls’ Sameer Gehlaut, and DLF promoter K P Singh have been discove
red in the secret files of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama. All names on the list paid the firm to set up offshore entities in tax havens around the world. Read more on the 8 month long investigation by The Indian Express here. » A series of tweets from an unverified account @AarSee (Raghav Chopra) of a CNN-IBN news editor, caused quite the stir in social media. The tweet , with a photo-shopped picture of PM Narendra Modi touching Saudi royalty’s feet, was accompanied by bigoted comments inciting hatred in extremists. Raghav Chopra was unavailable for any clarification after the Twitter account status was changed from public to protected. » DD goes mobile. Digital Terrestrial Television, DD’s digital arm, has started mobile TV for users in 16 cities. The free service can be used without an internet connection but requires a separate dongle to catch DD signals. DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, and DD Regional are currently being relayed on this service. » National Geographic partners with MM Publications of the Malayala Manorama Group for the Indian edition of the Nat Geo Kids magazine. Hitting the stands with the April 2016 issue, the photo-driven publication will also be available for subscription.N