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Essays
From a strong contender in March 1995 for the ‘Editor Who Has Lost the Most Jobs’ category to the 15th Anniversary of Outlook...
Media In Crisis
Introduction
Journalists who live in glass houses must throw stones at others
interview
The man NYT called “arguably the most important intellectual alive” finds the media in Pakistan more vibrant than it is in India
ESSAY
A mega sellout! Journalism outspaced, it was time to put my pen down.
ESSAY
Pay and they will publish you. It’s a short stop to doomsday from here for our media.
ESSAY
There will always be a market for analysis. But will marketers see that in the inkblot?
interview
The CEO of media colossus Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) on brand-building, media ethics, controversies and critics
ESSAY
The media would do well to heed political and world events than affaires d’amour
ESSAY
Family ownership of media has a big plus: big egos can be shamed into idealism
Riding Newspaper Tigers
ESSAY
You heard it on this channel first. On every channel actually.
ESSAY
The media ignores basic facts about the Northeast, J&K in its insurgency chatter
ESSAY
The Sangh parivar, once a media pariah, is now a master at turning the tale on its head
ESSAY
Reasoned, informed talk is out of place on the idiot box. TRPs set the agenda.
ESSAY
India’s sports journalism is marred by TV jingoism, camp voices
ESSAY
The screen now has a conscience and the media is its favourite new villain
ESSAY
It’s primped up in the fluffy rouge of PR, but Indian news media is actually at its ruddiest
ESSAY
Nothing hits home better than sharp wit. The comic strip is an illustrative example.
ESSAY
Globalisation and its belief systems have streamed into reporting in, and from, Asia
ESSAY
The ‘new’ in news is lost. Coverage, signifying lists, baulks at asking questions.
ESSAY
The price of truth has gone up grievously, paid for with the lives of our reporters
ESSAY
Not just a saviour of print, web journalism contains the future in its illimitable depths
Reverse Gear
The Outlook Journey
Beyond ready labels like ‘liberal’, ‘secular’ or ‘left-of-centre’ to the nuances and specifics
Reverse Gear
Stories that broke new ground and strongly impacted public debate, discussion and, in cases, policy
Reverse Gear
The verdict of the bazaar— our best and worst selling issues
reverse gear
They aren’t called men of letters for nothing: argument, counter-argument and everything in between
Reverse Gear
A great photo by itself does not make a great cover. Nor does a headline.
essays
Graphic experiment’s completely eluded Indian magazines
Best of Letters
We've done ‘the best letters’ several times over. An offbeat selection this time.
Books
Outlook’s best reviewers have never been overawed by the heft of an author on the literary scales. Read and savour.
Diaries
If ‘last but not the least’ ever needed an exemplar, this would be it. A small sampling
ReVerse Gear
15 years, 22 photographers... At the old going rate of 1,000 words, the following would weigh in at 22,000 words...
ReVerse Gear
There are 19 of us here—led by editor-in-chief Vinod Mehta—who were part of Outlook’s original gang. A few stories from our early years....
The Outlook Journey
15 landmark events, seen through Outlook’s eyes.
Reverse Gear
15 of our oldest subscribers do a candid recap to give us their story
Reverse Gear
Along the way, a dhaba that crossed our path has grown up
REVERSE GEAR
They too have moved on...and how
reverse gear
Moments of great cartooning, extreme positions, quotable headlines, wordplay etc etc etc
appraisal
Fully loaded magazine? Not if it’s only short-range fire.
appraisal
Pungent criticism, great reviews and diaries. Pays well, too!
Reverse Gear
You, as a citizen, also have a responsibility that goes beyond paying for what you buy
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