Oh, I forgot to mention in my last blog that an “anchor” — the story squeezed between the ad on the right and the briefs on the left — was once also called “bottomspread”. Nice name till the imagination takes over. Journalism is full of such quaint words and terms that have over time become known as tools of the trade. The briefs on the left, running all the way down to the bottom, are actually called briefs in many papers — short crisp nuggets of news. Read more
I don’t think most people don’t read the anchor story, you know the story right at the bottom of the page, placed between the ad on the right and the briefs column on the left.
Readership surveys have apparently shown that readers, one, don’t notice it, and, two; they don’t go so far down the page, they simply move on. I don’t buy this, not at all. Read more
Driving home one night from work, I saw a man standing against the railing of the flyover, facing away from the road. Strange posture, if he was trying to look over and enjoy the view: legs apart, hands in front.
As I passed him, I figured. He couldn’t hold it any more. Fair enough, that’s what half of India does it anyway – anywhere, anytime. But why on a flyover, for God’s sake? Doesn’t he know there could be people underneath? Read more
I was talking to some raw journalism recruits the other day. And it was difficult to escape their optimism about things, everything. They were young, bright and quite untouched by cynicism that sets in very quickly in this profession.
They were as raw as they get, waiting for their first byline. Read more