This book makes a new and significant argument that Indian news media are no longer just observers but active participants in the events that direct the nation. It explores the changing role and performance of Indian news media in the past 25 years by examining their coverage of some of the landmark events and issues within the context of the India's `globalising' polity, increased privatisation, new communication technologies and the rise of individualism.
The challenges of globalisation have resulted in significant changes in news processes and procedures, which this volume details by scrutinising the media's reportage of several events and issues, such as anti-graft movement, paid news, sting journalism, 24-hour news and coverage of terrorism and politics-media nexus. The theoretical exploration of the changes in the Indian media landscape draws from academic disciplines of media studies, journalism, cultural studies, political science and sociology.
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 425 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 19 mm
`The seven case studies at the heart of this valuable book not only provide readers with careful accounts of key media events but place this discussion in the context of media theory. From the explosive and under-researched phenomenon of regional television to questions about the ethics and judgement of advertising-driven media businesses, Rodrigues and Ranganathan demonstrate a mastery of detail and a commendable willingness to relate Indian experience to global developments. "Paid news," "stings," social media, the Mumbai attack of November 2008 and questions of "nationhood"-all receive careful and insightful treatment in this noteworthy book.'-- Robin Jeffrey
`Extensively researched, wide-ranging in its scope, and full of excellent examples, Rodrigues and Ranganathan's commendable book makes a valuable addition to the growing scholarship on journalism in India.'-- Professor Daya Thussu
The essays reveal a fascinating terrain of competing struggles of political, corporate and citizens' access to publicity, in which the media is both instrument and agent.... The essays offer good material for the relationship between news, politics and participation.-- Contribution to Indian Sociology, * Volume 50 (Issue 2), June 2016 *
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