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Henry made a tool for Hagar

By Ravikiran Joshi

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Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project | Facebook Media

via Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project | Facebook Media by media.fb.com

Source: Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project | Facebook Media

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Here’s to the main stream media a “Hello World!” kinda treatment. Facebook1-265x149-3As it literally crounched on fake stories issue and forked deliberations to Presidential levels, many knew these cries were just searching for their pie in the web.  Giving it an ethical and moral obligation they have today managed the FB to accept and some others to cringe on to their argument.

Failing financials were evident but making social media owe up to the content is moot. The credibility loss suffered by main stream papers and channels is their own making, even on their respective platforms exercises to catch up the mark were absent. In such scenario, FB’s attempt at taking the conventional with it is laudable and brave. But question is how is this project going to remain essentially journalistic?. Reason is journalism has evolved. Formats are changing, what were readers and audiences are now instant juries and critics.

As I appreciate FB to give space and share the tech with main stream, I would also like to highlight my six month long attempt at bringing transparency, format and new tech here through HGI.  To be precise here is what fits the solution.

  1. HGI offers a collaborative single platform pooling all news reviews, dissections and commentaries. As of now, no where such aggregation is available to help both scholarly or regularly readers to track issues.
  2. All such reviews carry a qualitative rating, as an indicator of factual correctness and overall acceptance. May be an extension of Likes and Reactions but being quantitative makes it more healthy and reflective of the readers opinions.
  3. Reviews incorporate dissection format imbibing the interactivity of a web forum but with precise context and issue based segregation.
  4. Attempts to close the loop between original author and the reviewers using “track back” and “ping back” tech. This is the current need of the journalistic endeavors and as per me is the only way the credibility gap be taken off.

Look forward to how best HGI can evolve itself into this FB initiative or in turn Facebook can incorporate these ideas into their project. :-).

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News needs a good hearing

By Ravikiran Joshi

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Facebook and its fake stories is a reminder that we must not depend on it for news – Tech2

via Facebook and its fake stories is a reminder that we must not depend on it for news – Tech2 by tech.firstpost.com

The allegation that Facebook influenced election results in the US, may sound ridiculous to many of us. But one must realise that in the US, Facebook is a primary source of news for many. According to a Pew Research Centre report, around 62 percent of US adults get their news from social media.

Source: Facebook and its fake stories is a reminder that we must not depend on it for news – Tech2

Social news feeds are in question and MSM(main stream media) is a charade in seekers of the truth. Where lies middle line? that all pervading differentiation to comfortably put right from wrongs.

The key measures include having stronger detection to improve classification of misinformation; easy reporting of false news by Facebook users; verification from third-party fact-checking organisations; improving related articles links; adding warning labels to false news; denying ads to illegal news sources and more.

A fake story or post is as good as spam and techniques for spam hunting may help in near term but not fully eliminate the raids. Third party fact checking organizations (like politico in US) or myth buster sites are cropping up but may not last their life term as its a huge thing to fact archive and reproduce on-demand with an occasional traffic. This leaves us to innovate for a continual approach towards news content generation and consumption process. While a Regulator (that since now exists in most countries) can only be of a ethical framework but never welcomed in the executive mode. So why don’t we have an agent at the consumption end to ratify and rate every news piece that intends to reach a wide audience. This agent can then outsource its own data for the public and bring in the lost credibility in News.

Before we jump to conclusions on what form the agent can take, lets take a note on credibility issues faced in crowd sourced knowledge bases  like wikipedia. Contradictions and multiple or counter references for every fact, articles under warning requiring citations are routine now. So just a requirement of citations or cross refs puts the fact or piece in a dilemma of publication. Fact remaining the same a majority rating can be called for and relied on in cases of news. But Opinions (may) differ with the majority and rating OpEds requires quantifiers or qualitative indicators. Lets introduce both – a simple rating for the average reader and a qualitative rating for the inquisitive.  Such a rated review of a fact is the basis with which a complete eco-system can actually make the news hear you.

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आ अब लौट चले- The need of this hour

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Demonetisation: How much unaccounted cash have the Maoists hidden in the forests?

via Demonetisation: How much unaccounted cash have the Maoists hidden in the forests? by www.firstpost.com

Narendra Modi’s stated objective behind the demonetisation exercise is to flush out black money and bring it into the system. But it would seem his police force in Chhattisgarh does not agree.

Source: Demonetisation: How much unaccounted cash have the Maoists hidden in the forests?

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This “surgical strike” has left many baffled. While many are busy recouping themselves personally and re-calibrating their surroundings, one reading that shouldn’t be missed is – Terrorist funding, Maoists in particular.

Several repeated attempts to negotiate a peaceful return by Maoists to mainstream have been hampered by political subsidence and fringe interests.
But this time , since the funding lakes seem to be dry there is an opportunity. If not a surrender (which is the establishments dear dream) an unbinding return to mainstream can be initiated and successfully completed. The usual mediators -media- may now turn blue (for there is nothing in return for them now), but they need to take the responsibility for their association in past.

More responsible should be the police and task force gunning around for stray elements, which may surface for an exchange. But a carpet instruction to take them clean under talks only, is the need of the hour. Sending a maple to this winter is the best thing possible in over this decade and may surprisingly ensure a series of such events.

As for the Maoists, realization by now should be driven in to take their cadres in and assemble in to the mainstream politics. Its just one ego stop away. They should return and rise the hope of a peaceful, educated, involved and better tomorrow for the tribal and urban India alike.

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Self-regulated media? Are we there now?

By Ravikiran Joshi

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Social Media 'Going Haywire', No Regulation Of News Media: Venkaiah Naidu

via Social Media 'Going Haywire', No Regulation Of News Media: Venkaiah Naidu by www.ndtv.com

There can be no regulation of the media in a democracy, feels Information and Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who says self-regulation is good.

Source: Social Media ‘Going Haywire’, No Regulation Of News Media: Venkaiah Naidu

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Social media has become worrisome.  And now that includes the establishment. Generally, journalism now days assumed to be full of anti-establishment and social media seemed like a counter weight to it. But somewhere in the middle the k-factor in the social post chain has gone out. That’s critically worrisome.

He said self-regulation is good and what is required is not a new bill but political will and administrative skill. Freedom of expression is best utilized only when the value of such freedom is fully appreciated, he added.

Now, how is this self-regulation possible?. Even in today’s conventional media that subjects perceive to being – Paid media, Sold media, Biased press, Presstitute etc, driving down the notion of self-regulation is near to impossible. So what’s the best close to it.

We know a Closed system is a self reliant, self regulated system that works best in its own ambit. So efforts (of both the industry and establishment) should be to drive down the audience to emulate a closed system.

In this aspect- HGI proposes and proliferates a platform for closing the gap between the news makers, their diligent reviewers.

News should be news, views should be separate…. Of late, this tendency has erupted in certain sections of Indian media, which is creating distortion, of combining news and views,

If there is a place for the news publishers and Op-eds, there needs to be a single big space for all the counter-views, Open-letters and commentaries. This pool of critiques will serve many a reasons-

  • a single point, issue based resource for researchers
  • a review sand-box for undergrads and graduates in journalistic ladder
  • certainly close the loop within the system by bringing  both sides in the know – how of each others opinion

more importantly – eliminates the 140 ch hashtag illuminated war of words. And perhaps a rational reading will drill down the sides.

So hoping to give it a try, here is a sample of self-regulated, closed media at Head Gear India.

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Second Opinion

By Ravikiran Joshi

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Why was Cyrus Mistry sacked? Top possible reasons for his exit | Business Standard News

via Why was Cyrus Mistry sacked? Top possible reasons for his exit | Business Standard News by www.business-standard.com

real issue was that Tata felt Mistry may not be the best bet for the group in the long-term

Source: Why was Cyrus Mistry sacked? Top possible reasons for his exit | Business Standard News

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Well, today seems to be the day Bombay (not Mumbai !) shook. Tata Sons for all the weight it carried, has shrugged sacking its chairman Cyrus Mistry.  For India that dreams of many such $100B enterprises this is surely a cross check movement.

Here, reviewing the article cited, I cross check the probables of this event and perhaps attempt to add a few to it. Whatever they be, in the end its just that Cyrus forgot to have a second opinion always.

Sources also said that Mistry’s departure was deliberated over months and was a result of a difference of opinion between him and the board, without elaborating on the differences.

As it happens, people leave the Boss -unfit. But considering the decisions that have already been made, the time of 4-1/2yrs he spent and if not least the personal grooming he’s got over, this type of sacking (a shock from an institution) could hardly  been more worse.

The source also said that Tata was disbanding the group executive council (GEC) – a team of core advisers that Mistry had formed.

Pooling seniors into a council or stressing the conventional workforce ( the pvt eqvt of a PSU) could be the compiler but this actually should be ok for a nation seeking high growth amidst bringing down the avg age of force and talent execution.

Perhaps, much might be under carpet since Brexit, for Corus sale and JLR. Both make up jewels of TATA- now being extradited by their respective natives.  Extradited – coz they were brought under circumstances and now that things are better, politics making way back for them.

The debt reduction may be the only fraction of the big mountain of claims now piling against him.

 

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G to H- Just the time when Gawker.com died.

By Ravikiran Joshi and Arundhati Joshi

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A true trendsetter in online news

via A true trendsetter in online news

Ok, Gawker.com officially shutdown. But now many start to feel the questions that are lingering over. What actually was it all about?

Gawker was just a giant, empty page waiting to be filled, every day.

True that. Like any blog this one found a niche for the people to flock. But what were the rules?

  • Freedom to express One! ?   – @what cost to the society,  personality or a nations security [as in Assange/Snowden]
  • Creativity Brilliance or idiocy ?   -as accepted by them it wasn’t always up brilliant. And in that case such things are waste of attention drawing space.

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Reason for HGI to be reality

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Thou Shalt Not Comment : The Dictatorship of scroll.in | Indiafacts.org

via Thou Shalt Not Comment : The Dictatorship of scroll.in | Indiafacts.org

New start-up magazines and dailies do have a way of becoming famous very soon. It is through social media. For this they have to constantly engage with the audience, making them participants rather than onlookers. This is why the comments section exists. The comments also convey the general mood of the public; whether what the author writes really reflects the public opinion or not. There is no big online newspaper or magazine today which does not have a comments section.But scroll.in is different. It does NOT allow its users to comment on the articles. There is no comments policy. The readers can e-mail their thoughts to the editors, but there is no guarantee that they will ever be published and they can be manipulated by the website owners just like the news they publish.

Source: Thou Shalt Not Comment : The Dictatorship of scroll.in | IndiaFactsIndiaFacts

This is the thumping reason for HGI to be a reality soon. In its true potential, all published material and a publishing entity (site) will be accessible to critical commentaries, reviews and dissections. And these reviews instantly shared by people. 

The need for that single platform – a closed loop ecosystem of readers and well receiving authors- is the need of the hour, everywhere in the world.

So, its going to be very soon. HGI.

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Review article title

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Original article title

via Original article title

This is what HGI is intended for. News comes in various quality – sloppy reporting, articulated peppy stories and then a brilliant stuff. We need a way to complete the loop and take our views back to the author of these items. We also need a great place to pool all dissections and reviews of the news pieces and opinions / edits.

Take the case study below –

Mr. Rupani represents Rajkot West in the Gujarat Assembly; enjoys close relationship with both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

via Vijay Rupani chosen Gujarat Chief Minister — The Hindu – Home

The above piece got published and subsequently updated on August 6, 2016 02:29 IST.

But the awkward reporting   earlier was –

The official announcement of Patel’s appointment will be made after the BJP legislature party meeting at 4 p.m.

via Nitin Patel set to be new Chief Minister of Gujarat — The Hindu – Home

This is either an earnest reporting or a personal political extrapolation by the publisher cum author of these pieces. This review doesn’t intend to falsify either reports but rather warns of the damages such reports can carry in a fast paced reality.

Here we demonstrate the multi quoted dissection capabilities of the platform at HGI. More than just quoted text, we intend to facilitate audio/video media and even part clippings of such media as reference quotes through the post editing interface.
Below are what may be just two quoted posts by different users on the same event.

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