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Unfiltered Voices

Unfiltered Voices

As the conversation around healthcare picked momentum last week with the Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s health care reform law, I went back to watching filmmaker Peter Nicks’ interactive documentary, The Waiting Room, which I had first seen in New York Times, a few months ago. As a former health reporter for The Times of India, one part of my challenge was to find new and interesting ways of narrating...
Truthiness and Story-telling

Truthiness and Story-telling

Last Saturday, as the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, IRE 2012, came to a close, it examined the key question that hounds us all as journalists:  “What happens to investigative reporting in an era in which careful reporting and factual accuracy are under relentless pressure from the competition and from the very culture? “ Is the web placing speed ahead of accuracy and voice ahead of truthfulness? Implicit in this...
Beyond Traditional Narrative

Beyond Traditional Narrative

Last week, as I started to work with MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, a whole new world of storytelling opened up to me – one that was open-ended and participatory. Excitedly, I heard myself saying: This is what we, in the traditional media, are missing. It’s not so much a new business model, but a new form of storytelling that is needed to revive the sagging traditional media. This is not...