Media

All posts categorised under: 'Media'
  • Khardung: WordPress Theme
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 August 2013

    I wrote my first piece of code in 1988. And over the years I have abandoned coding for many different things; but I seem to keep coming back to it, like it were my one...

  • Documenting Community Media in India
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 June 2012

    I started CommunityVoices.in as an experimental project to find, collate and share information about community media in India. The first phase is attempting to create a directory of community media in India. CommunityVoices.in is being...

  • Collating alternate news voices around the globe
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 May 2011

    Through this project I attempt to highlight independent, non-corporate, alternate news media across the world. The aim is to give ‘air time’ to views that much of the advertising-sponsored corporate media ignores. On occasion that...

  • Is this the future of digital magazines?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 March 2011

    Is this the future of digital magazines? If the real experience turns out to be even close to how it shows up on the video, I’d want one. That is, I’d want to use this...

  • Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Community Radio celebrates three months on air
    by Arti Jaiman  |  06 February 2010

    On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Gurgaon’s only community radio station celebrates three months of round-the-clock broadcasting to a community that has remained voiceless throughout the transformation of Gurgaon from a sleepy cluster of villages 20...

  • Documenting wild life adventures in Asia and beyond
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 March 2009

    This started out as a personal project to document all the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India. The idea was to collate and provide unbiased information about parks and what to do, where to...

  • Content rating for kids?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 March 2009

    A study in the US has found that “TV ratings don’t accurately reflect the aggressive content found in shows popular among children – even cartoons”. And what do you say to parents who take their...

  • Is Kindle 2 about to replace us in our family bed-time ritual?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 February 2009

    Will the new Kindle read bed-time stories to our kids? Can it? Will it? Should it? TV has proven its worth as a baby-sitter, across cultures! Social networking has effectively come to represent what we...

  • Time magazine says "Content, Once King, Becomes A Pauper"
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 February 2009

    Has it really? Is content being devalued because of the current economic conditions or is there a larger trend here? Have the accountant got it all wrong? Read the Time article “Content, Once King, Becomes...

  • Advertising on portals/social networking sites Vs niche sites?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 February 2009

    The 2009 Online Advertising Attitudes report of UK reports that “22% of British consumers claim to only visit niche sites that are specific to their interests… A further 34% of British consumers spend the majority...

  • Is the news world changing?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 February 2009

    When White House press conference doesn’t invite correspondents from The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Time and Newsweek but president Obama fields questions from the correspondent from The Huffington Post, a news blog (or...

  • Is the future of ‘books’ in our palms?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 February 2009

    Google is making its database of 1.5 million public domain books accessible from mobile devices for free. Amazon is working to make all its Kindle titles available on mobile devices.Random House Publishing has announced that...

  • Free text books on the internet!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 February 2009

    Like the open source movement in software, an open source movements in the textbooks may be afoot. If this movement takes hold it will surely impact the textbook business, which is perhaps the only safe...

  • Heard of novel podcasts?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 February 2009

    According to Time magazine, novel podcasts, unlike audiobooks “are truncated into segments and may include ambient sounds, music as well a cast of voices playing different characters.” “Evo Terra, the co-founder of Podiobooks.com, says 45,000...

  • Radio: A companionable presence at the turn of a switch
    by Arti Jaiman  |  16 December 2008

    According to Elise Nordling, “The primary function of radio is that people want company.” Assuming that to be true, what kind of company do people normally want? Who do you and I like to talk...

  • Negative health & social outcome of media
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 December 2008

    Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale School of Medicine and his team spent more than 18 months studying some 173 researches conducted over the last 30 years on how media affects the lives of children – ‘…obesity,...

  • Radio for emergencies
    by Arti Jaiman  |  30 November 2008

    The Mumbai tragedy has once again highlighted how the radio can be the most effective medium of communication in the time of crisis, be it floods, earthquakes, war, or terror strikes. With electricity supplies cut...

  • Will it be Lalu on radio next?
    by Arti Jaiman  |  19 November 2008

    At the risk of being taken seriously, I look forward to the day I can hear Lalu Prasad Yadav, our right honourable Railways Minister, coming on in between some truly ribald Bollywood numbers playing on...

  • Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships
    by Arti Jaiman  |  17 October 2008

    An excellent opportunity for those looking seriously at how media is shaping our society, and how society is shaping media, is the Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowship that will support such an endeavour by paying scholars...

  • Community Radio: Sajan Venniyoor's views
    by Arti Jaiman  |  28 August 2008

    Here’s a video link sent by Frederick Noronha through the CR-India mailing list. Sajan is the founder of the Community Radio Forum. Currently with Doordarshan, Sajan has 15 years of experience with radio. He has...

  • Community radio: agricultural colleges go live
    by Arti Jaiman  |  27 August 2008

    The Telegraph has just run a story on the Birsa Agricultural College’s radio station that was launched in March 2008. Seems that the college is so enthusiastic about the response, they now want to set...

  • Book/Magazine Publishing 2.0
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  22 August 2008

    Is there such a thing as book or magazine publishing 2.0? Perhaps there is a need for it. A lot of smart people are trying – some smart ideas and some not so smart. Which...

  • Broadcasting news, Manipur style
    by Arti Jaiman  |  22 August 2008

    A great example of community news broadcasts comes to us from a little village in Manipur, where some villagers have got together to do a daily morning broadcast of news culled from local newspapers. No...

  • TV as babysitter! How about 24 hour TV channel for babies?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  20 August 2008

    As products proliferate marketers will research and find the smallest niche available. First videos, then Tv programming and now 24 hour channel dedicated to babies under 3. In-womb will be next! Or is it already...

  • Google Trends & Google Insights -- Social Science Toolbox
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 August 2008

    I have been using Google Trends for some time now – for work and sometimes just for fun! Trust me it can be fun and educational. You can tell a lot about what is going...

  • E-mail newsletter sold for $125 million?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 August 2008

    Aimed at stylish women, Daily Candy is being bought by Comcast Corp for an estimated $125 million. According to Philly.com Daily Candy “delivers more than 2.5 million e-mail subscriptions through local editions in 12 key...

  • Social Networking for Kids
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 July 2008

    Most major social networking sites require their users to be at least 13 years old. Anyone who has kids knows that the kids are all over Facebook, MySpace and Orkut. Of course the kids fake...

  • Corporate websites: cater to media
    by Arti Jaiman  |  29 May 2008

    It’s part of my job as the editor of an industry-specific magazine to visit corporate websites in search of company information, contacts, and images. Some companies are large multinational conglomerates with head offices in Europe...

  • Six-degrees?: The power of Internet networking
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 September 2007

    I just noticed (accidentally) that I am ‘connected to’ Barack Obama, US Senator and Presidential Candidate through three different people. Talk of six-degrees of separation! In the world networked through LinkedIn, Plaxo and others, my...

  • YAARI.com is a spammer
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 September 2007

    I came very close to participating in a scam executed by an India ‘social networking’ site. Unwittingly, of course! It started when I received a mail from a site called yaari.com: ‘xyd wants you to...

  • Copyrights and wrongs
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 August 2007

    The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), has created a powerpoint presentation that dispels many a myth and sheds light on what copyright protects and for how long, what is fair use, what is an...

  • Why do people participate in social media?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  18 August 2007

    Yossi Vardi commenting on Social Software suggests that ‘there are 3-4 major forces on the Internet: • self expression • communication • sharing • collaboration You’d notice that money is not one of them. It...

  • ...until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 August 2007

    “There’s a chance to invest right now in China, India, Russia and Brazil, which will pay off big over the next five years… These economies are going to boom, and ads there are going to...

  • Online revenues?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 August 2007

    Interesting times these! While the New York Times is poised to stop charging online users, Google is going to start charging. New York Times started charging for access in 2005 and has in 2007 decided...

  • Global Market place for Ideas
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  20 February 2007

    Business week article on the market place for ideas: “…Colgate-Palmolive… needed a more efficient method for getting its toothpaste into the tube—a seemingly straightforward problem. When its internal R&D team came up empty-handed, the company...

  • Myspace keels over on safety concerns
    by Arti Jaiman  |  18 January 2007

    There’s a raging debate out west about giving parents access to community sites frequently visited by kids, sites like myspace.com which has been described by some US attorneys as “a towering danger to kids.” As...

  • Bringing up a blog
    by Arti Jaiman  |  08 July 2006

    I’ve spent the better part of this week wandering around in the alphabet-strewn, bits and bytes world of IT, software, hardware, all the stuff that techie geeks do sitting in front of a computer screen....

  • A cotton farmer, a fashion week and a bull run!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 May 2006

    Beautiful women, designer clothes, opulent settings, flashy cars and celebrity film stars come together to make a very heady cocktail. Way more seductive than the story of some poor cotton farmer. For the producers as...

  • Recommended Podcasts (Includes Podcast 101)
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 April 2006

    If you are already familiar with podcasting and know how to download and listen you could jump to part II – a list of some wonderful podcasts available for free download. Most of these twenty...

  • Engagement media?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 April 2006

    In any media, while the size of the audience is important, the consumers’ relationship with the media is perhaps equally important. ‘Engagement’ is the buzzword. But what does it really mean? Is a commuter who...

  • Internet censorship: Google, China and the rest of us!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 February 2006

    Google’s submission to Chinese censorship rules is perhaps more significant than Yahoo, or Microsoft’s submission, mainly because Google has, over the years, become ubiquitous to search. More importantly, Google’s submission invites concern because many people...

  • Lessons from LINUX Asia for non-geeks!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 February 2006

    Thirty slides and one hour into the ‘utter meaninglessness of life without Oracle’ presentation I began to wonder if I had been suckered into paying to hear sales pitches that I did not understand or...

  • World Summit of Information Societies - Report
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 November 2005

    The ICT4All (Information and Communication Technologies) exhibition that accompanied the World Summit of Information Societies in Tunis, Tunisia was, in real terms, for all. From 15-19 November, 2005, exhibitors of all shades displaying a range...