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About the Author
M.V. Kamath :-
the doyen of Indian journalism, has authored over 50 books, including Gandhi's Coolie, Shri Ramakrisna Bajaj; B G Kher, The Gentleman Premier; Ganesh Vasudev Mavlankar; Devi Ahalyabai Holkar; Milkman from Anand, Kurien; Nani Palkhiwala: A Life; Gandhi: A Spiritual Journey; The Excel Story; Militant but Non-violent Trade Unionism; The United States and India; On Politics, Media and Literature, and a biography of Sai Baba. Starting his career with the Free Press Journal in 1946, Kamath went on to become Editor of the Free Press Bulletin, Bharat Jyoti, the Sunday edition of The Times of India and the Illustrated Weekly of India. He was Special Correspondent of the Press Trust of India at the UN and Special Correspondent of the Times of India in Europe and Washington DC. Erstwhile Chairman of Prasar Bharati and Vigyan Prasar, he is today Hon. Director of the Manipal Institute of Communication.
About the Book
M.V. Kamath, the author of Professional Journalism, brings yet another work to bear upon the subject, with The Journalist's Handbook. No other book on journalism has dealt with some of the themes discussed in his present work, such as house journals, development journalism, economic reporting and science reporting. There are separate chapters on radio and television writing and copywriting, as well as on law and the reporter. What lends additional weight to his volume is Kamath's effort to relate the Bible and Shakespeare to the refining of students' linguistic sensibilities. Also discussed are press laws and press freedom in the Indian context. Kamath analyzes why, when there is so much investigative reporting in the American press, there is so little of it in India. What is novel about this work is the detailed study of what has hitherto been a much-discussed but little written about subject: development journalism. Kamath discusses the many aspects of development journalism, citing numerous examples from the Indian press.
1. The Bible, Shakespeare and the Journalist, 2. Some Common Errors, 3. Creative Writing, 4. House Journals as Journalism, 5. Development Journalism, 6. Economic and Commercial Reporting, 7. Technical and Science Reporting, 8. Selling of a Product, 9. Newspaper, Radio, and Television Writing, 10. The Law and the Reporter, 11. Press Laws and Press Freedom, 12. The Press Council