If my family had been uneducated, entrenched in the patriarchal ways of thinking and steeped in the mire of traditionalist thoughts, the possibility of me not seeing the light of day would have been very high. Why? Because I am female. The sex ratio in India stands at 933:1000 (i.e. for every 1000 male births, … Continue reading Female Foeticide in India
In the JNL6027 class, we were shown this interesting piece titled How to Write about Africa which highlighted the clichés writers and journalists use when expanding on the 'dark continent' (see, I did it too!). It struck me that even India (the country I'll be focusing on in my blog for this module) has its … Continue reading How to Write about India
Stereotypes exist everywhere. Be it in your mind, in the media or in how you're served over a counter. Linked to the concept of stereotypes is the 'single story' - Chimamanda Adichie, in her TED talk, speaks about the danger of a single story, whereby hearing only one story about a particular place or person … Continue reading Crossing Borders
As part of the module Journalism, Globalization and Development, which I am taking this semester, I will be blogging regularly on news items from India. Feel free to comment!
Not only is the MA Magazine Journalism course at the University of Sheffield PTC-accredited, it also offers a lot of hands-on experience to its students. While the first semester went by in building ground rules in UK law, ethics, news writing and reporting, and basics of feature writing, this semester we've been thrown headfirst into … Continue reading My Magazine: For Parents with Special Needs Children
Convergence week has finally come to an end. It lasted the first week of this semester, which was a month ago. But today was the final culmination of everything we, on the course, had learned during the week. A brief overlook: it focused on web skills, video recording, audio recording with a Marantz as opposed … Continue reading Multimedia: Convergence Week
[My 350 word piece for the magazine portfolio submitted last semester] Every year more British women head to foreign destinations with the aim of having sex with local men. With over 2.2 million divorced women in UK and over twenty percent of women single over the age of 20, is sex tourism here to stay? … Continue reading (S)ex-otic Vacations
Labels are meant for jars, not people. With the words ‘mad’ and ‘retarded’ already accepted forms of insults, is the word ‘autism’ not far away from the dubious honour?
Animals have been given away without proper safeguards on a website meant to help Chesterfield residents reduce waste levels. The Chesterfield Freecycle website gives away unwanted items for free but has become a give-away site for animals. Critics claim the animals could become victims of cruelty, including bait for dog fights and puppy trafficking. The … Continue reading Patch Story #4: Animals given away on recycling websites
Made to be given in for a December 18 2009 deadline, this article refers to an event that has already taken place. I managed to go for the opening myself, and it was a lot of fun. I do recommend Froth as a cool coffee shop to hang out at if you're ever in Hasland, … Continue reading Patch Story #3: Chesterfield coffee shop to raise money for M3 ward