Laxmi Murthy

In the present climate of political correctness, an awkward three-letter concoction, s he, often passes for addressing the 'gender element'. Tacking on a 'her', 'women' and 'girls', to a narrative that is essentially male-focused, however, does not do away with the 'issue' of gender. The past two decades have also witnessed 'gender mainstreaming', an official policy on equal opportunity that entails the incorporation of equal opportunities for women and men in all policies and structures. This...

S Gopikrishna Worrier

In 2002, I was working as a correspondent specialising in reporting on environment, agriculture and development in the Chennai news bureau of The Hindu Business Line newspaper. I got a call from senior journalist and the President of the Forum of Environment Journalists of India (FEJI), Darryl D'Monte, who asked me if I could help organise a media workshop on water and sanitation at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). Darryl had already requested the partnership of Prof. M.S....

NOTES

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ADAPT iMPROViSE iNNOVATE

The group self-organised very smoothly, with very little centralised control. E-mail addresses and phone numbers were exchanged via group mails and instant messengers. The Google Groups10 mailing list I had attempted to start as a coordination mechanism was in limbo I had invited too many people in a short period, so it went into automatic review for spam. Someone else started a Yahoo Groups list,11 which became the mainchannel for communication. Thanks to the furious pace at which this very...

THREE sHooTiNG sTARs

Even before the IUCN environmental reporting trainings in the 1980s and 1990s contributed to the heightened awareness about the issue, there was already at least one journalist who already focused on the environment with passion and commitment. Ameneh Azam Ali was senior assistant editor at monthly The Herald10 down the corridor from the Star when I was an intern there both publications were part of the Dawn Group.11 I was in awe of her because she was so confident, serious and intense, and...

Rays Of Hope

There are two ways to support farmers One is physical support. It may be through various schemes of the government or financial support. Second is that the need of the hour is empathy. It is the responsibility of the entire society to be with them and give them moral support. Physical support is much stressed in the present days. Expert committees are proposing new schemes, government is assuring support. Such assurances lead to high expectations. But when such schemes fail to live up to the...

HUMANiTARiAn Workers ViSual Coverage

Humanitarian workers argue that it is important to have visual coverage at all phases of disasters. While disaster images generate compassion and policy interest, the follow-up coverage is essential to keep-up the interest and to ensure transparency and accountability. 'Photographs offer a good reality check,' says Dr Unnikrishnan PV, an emergencies and conflicts advisor for ActionAid International. 'They can alert the humanitarian and the government system and help initiate action.' This...

Successful meda campagns

Let us look at some media experiments on these lines. Let me start with our own experience with Adike Patrike, a unique smalltime Kannada monthly, now 20-year old. We started a campaign on rainwater harvesting a pioneering effort by a media group in Karnataka by publishing a series of success stories from 1996 to 2004. We had two main criteria for selection of stories. We preferred stories of successes of the common man, without using government aid or subsidy. Secondly, we preferred stories...

Dionne Bunsha

It was a long, hot journey on a polluted highway along Gujarat's coast. We were travelling with scientists studying sea level rise and coastal erosion in south Gujarat's fishing villages. The young research assistant was eager to explain global warming to us. 'You know, these cars emit ozone, which is a greenhouse gas,' he said. I tried to explain that it was carbon dioxide. But he was adamant. Who can question a scientist If this the level of environmental science in India, you can imagine the...

Modern AgriCulture And iNDiGenous Farmer

Modern agriculture has also unleashed an array of fresh problems. Increased use of pesticides and fertilisers to boost the yield affected the environment severely and proved to be hazardous with the growing threat from chemical residues in soil, water, air and agriculture produces, pest resurgence and soil degradation and drastic depletion in water table. The over dependency on modern science led to a search for corrective technology and inventions, which in turn created a hopeless no-win...

First Steps

Rohit Gupta who, by the way, I had not met in person at that time and I exchanged a flurry of SMSs and phone calls. He promptly agreed to join in. I quickly set up a blog on blogger.com, a popular free web publishing service. I chose Blogger without really thinking about it too much. It was the only blog provider I knew of that permitted multiple contributors and it was, thanks to Caferati and DMB, an interface I was comfortable with. Besides, it was pretty simple to use, and since it was...

Richard Mahapatra

In India environmental journalism means global reportage with village datelines. Environmental journalism is no more the old 'off-stream' but a 'main-stream' deliberation on contemporary existence. Particularly so when India has the unique distinction of being one of the fastest wealth-creating nations, having the largest number of poor in the world. Poverty in India is primarily environment-driven. Thus environment journalism, overtly or covertly, is about the most mainstream issue, poverty....

Kunda Dixit

One of the greatest disservice we have done to the cause of environmental protection is to invent a separate category of reporting called 'environmental journalism'. Just as 'development journalism' at one point became synonymous with sponsored reporting because it was mostly practised by lazy hacks on sponsored junkets, so it has happened with 'environmental journalism'. It ghettoised reporting on a subject that should have been linked to politics, economics and development. Somehow,...

MANANiMal ConfliCT

I will now narrate another lesser known side of the issue of man animal conflict. In the Western Ghats there are scores of people who have been mauled by black bears in the course of their daily routines. One man in Dandeli had his scalp peeled by a sloth bear. Another man was attacked by the bear so viciously that his wrist bones cracked and after the dismembered left hand was stitched back into shape, it is shorter than the right and he has lost the dexterity of his wrist's movements. Another...

Ahmed Zaki Nafiz

The main aim of this chapter is to give a general view of how the issue of the Maldives' environment is portrayed in the local media and how the Maldivian journalists present environmental issues as hot topics for public debate and discussion. Rather than discussing the issues of Maldivian environment per se, this discussion aims at shedding light on the nature of environment news coverage, its diversity and how journalists in general manage environment news. This being the case, the chapter...

Anil Agarwal

The manner in which the media reports intergovernmental environmental conferences is unbelievably biased and distorted, which means that independent and informed public opinion can never be built on contentious environmental issues. This is indeed a very serious matter. As I had to leave Buenos Aires a few days before the end of the climate change conference for the US, I carefully scanned leading publications such as Washington Post, New York Times, Time and Newsweek to find out what finally...

Patralekha Chatterjee

A decade ago, during the last global financial crisis, economists used the word 'contagion', to describe troubles that began in a faraway country, eventually spreading to much bigger ones, and then came home to roost. Today, with the global and the local inevitably melding together, the analogy could apply equally to the world of diseases. For the media, the 'glocal' story is among the most exciting, and challenging. One of the most telling illustrations of this emerging trend comes from an...

Melting Mental Blocks iS A Real Challenge

The biggest challenge a water journalist has to face is to melt the mental block that readers have about rainwater harvesting and allied subjects. This requires patience, persistence and time. It's not a task that can be fulfilled in a day, month or year. It needs years of efforts to bring in the change in mindsets. In the context of rainwater harvesting, they always tell that 'we have to give opportunity time for rain to percolate'. Similarly, for readers to realise that rainwater harvesting...

Ardeshir Cowasjee Dawn

The entire civilised world is greatly concerned with where the environment is going, and the world with it. The dangers facing are massive. As an entity, the government of Pakistan seems to be oblivious and carries on in its own merry way. However, there are a few of us who realise the implications of global warming and all that goes with it. Credit must be given to one of our private television channels which, on Earth Day, 22 April, showed an Urdu translation of former US Vice-President Al...

Bad Wildlife JournaliSm Or Just Bad Journalism

In the early 1980s, shortly after authorities banned cattle from grazing in the 29 square kilometre Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur the famed wetland south of New Delhi popularly known as the Ghana several farmers from neighbouring villages attempting to force their way into the sanctuary, were killed by police trying to enforce the ban. During the ensuing uproar, a senior and highly respected journalist colleague, who wrote for one of the country's then-leading Hindi news magazines, went...

Meena Menon

Red tiled roofs emerged from the dull grey waters. It was a group of submerged huts, all belonging to one family. Domkhedi village, on the banks of the Narmada River, many years ago, was a rich bustling settlement which wound down steeply to the river. Now the boats touched the last remaining flat ground which had a small hillock on top with a single house. By now, I am sure it has vanished forever. The landscape of the valley had changed the deep ravines were gone. The...

Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia

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Shivaram Pailoor

'Farmers first' approach is a milestone in the overall agricultural development process. Accordingly there is a 'paradigm shift' in extension system away from the terminology 'transfer of technology' towards an interactive approach entirely subordinate to the needs of the farming community. Thus, along with this emerging phenomenon, agricultural communication process has also been altered radically. The advent of green revolution brought to the fore the importance of agricultural communication....

Nandkumar Kamat

'A wild panther Panthera pardus was trapped from a private residence in Panaji's high class Miramar ward in April 2006' Miramar-Panaji Panjim, is on the banks of Mandovi estuary. It is a densely populated area. How did the panther reach there Where did it come from Is the island of Tiswadi losing its residual green cover . The capital city of India's smallest state, Goa, Panjim or Panaji, the 51st richest town in India by bank deposits, has been animatedly discussing this issue. It is indeed a...

Nandan Saxena

On my way, I met many, who drank from the same river. Some even called it 'Mother'. Many could write prosaic poems on how the River had sustained life and cradled civilisation. Most did not understand the vital link between the womb and life. And all of us treated it as a receptacle of waste. A glorified sewer, it was once called 'Yamuna', when it was still a river somewhere in my previous life. I was travelling from Yamunotri, the source of the river, to Allahabad where it meets the 'Ganga',...

Kazimuddin Kazu Ahmed

I think that the modern age of the history of truth began at the moment when empirical knowledge itself, and on its own, allowed access to the truth. That is, from the moment when, without asking anything else of the subject, without the being of the subject having to undergo any modification or alteration whatsoever, the philosopher or scientist or anyone looking for the truth was capable of recognising in him or herself the truth and had access to the truth by the mere act of empirical...

Mechanised Trawlers

Mechanised trawlers were brought in here, as into other parts of the Indian coast, with the argument that it would increase the fish catch. This, in turn, was meant to boost the protein intake of the poor. Or so the official promise went. In reality, most of the fish simply got frozen and exported overseas or to bigger urban markets within India at prices most couldn't simply afford. An extremely ugly aspect of this business came up a couple of decades later, when shrimp farms were set up,...