It’s heartbreaking to follow stories done by others – newspapers or television news channel. That’s the way we grew up, in a two-newspaper town.
It was a matter of shame to be beaten by the rival paper on a story. And we were conditioned to deal with that shame by ignoring the news-break. Read more
As I said in an earlier blog, it can get quite tricky in the newsroom in the night: Rajdeep Sardesai bellowing on one TV screen, Arnab Goswami leaning into you from another, and Barkha Dutt holding forth on yet another. Read more
It’s easy to ask people not to panic. Please don’t panic, if swine flu doesn’t get you, the next truck will. But it wasn’t easy for us to take that stand, not with the whole world going crazy. Read more
When do you move on? When do you let a running story slip down the Page One hierarchy? Not an easy call, specially if the rivals had it up there at the top the next day, with more details.
We nearly hit that slope on the swine flu story Wednesday night. So, nothing much had happened in Pune or anywhere else, except more panic in Pune. There was a run on hospitals there. Read more