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An annual media forum bringing together leading news professionals, tech innovators, policymakers, filmmakers, and investors from across the world to discuss the future of news, tech and policy.
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The Media Rumble podcast Newslaundry .com

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An annual media forum bringing together leading news professionals, tech innovators, policymakers, filmmakers, and investors from across the world to discuss the future of news, tech and policy.
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    TMR 2021: Who's on Youtube- Akash Banerjee, Barkha Dutt, Sujit Nair, Ashok Kumar, Arfa Khanum

    TMR 2021: Who's on Youtube- Akash Banerjee, Barkha Dutt, Sujit Nair, Ashok Kumar, Arfa Khanum

    In this session of The Media Rumble, titled "Who's on YouTube", Akash Banerjee, the founder and host of Deshbhakt, interacted with Sujit Nair, co-founder and managing director of HW News Network; Ashok Das, editor of Dalit Dastak; Arfa Khanum, senior editor of The Wire, and Barka Dutt, pioneer of television journalism and the founder of MoJo Story. The panel discussed the independence of the digital space in reporting real stories to the people. The speakers elaborated on their experiences in the television media and the ways in which it was different from the digital space. They also highlighted the need to form a news community that would support reports from the ground and thereby contribute in a media organisation's sustainability.
    Time codes:
    0:00 to 1:43 - Introduction and agenda of the session
    1:43 to 19:40- Making the shift to YouTube and Opportunities
    19:40 to 27:07 - Dealing with hate comments and trolls on YouTube
    27:07 to 30:40 - Scope of audience on YouTube
    30:40 to 34:50 - Business viability and sustainability of digital media
    34:50 to 44:26 - Challenges and dangers of digital media on YouTube
    44:51 to 50:15 - Future of TV news and interactive audience
    50:15 to 54:40 - Challenges unique to digital media vis-a-vis legacy media
    54:40 to 58:49 - Motivation and lack of money in digital media
    58:49 to 59:33 - Conclusion


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    • 59 min
    TMR 2021: Watching Big Tech- Chitranshu Tewari and Julia Angwin

    TMR 2021: Watching Big Tech- Chitranshu Tewari and Julia Angwin

    In the session of the Media Rumble 2021, titled "Watching Big Tech", Chitranshu Tewari, director, product and revenue, at Newslaundry, was in conversation with Julia Angwin. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Julia is the co-founder of Markup, a news portal best known for its investigative journalism in the field of technology. The objective of the session was to discuss tech reporting and the challenges faced by newsrooms such as Markup. Julia talked about hotly debated issues such as inequality in content moderation of online speech in countries like India vis à vis the United States. She also talked about the revenue models of media platforms like Markup, changes in the tech journalism space, and the increase in reader interest in the ramifications of unregulated big tech.
    Time codes:
    0:00 to 1:48 Introduction
    1:48 to 5:0 Programmers in the newsroom: using technology to report on technology
    5:01 to 10:12 Importance of releasing data sets and transparency
    10:12 to 13:00 Balancing source protection with reader trust
    13:00 to 16:43 Policy framework to ensure that platforms do not block information access
    16:43 to 22:22 Inequality in content moderation of online speech
    22:22 to 29:00 Revenue model for tech reporting and use of third party trackers
    29:00 to 31:00 Change in tech reporting space from consumer driven to public interest
    32:37 to 35:14 Reader interest and awareness in tech stories
    35:14 to 41:42 Media Imperialism and Parachute Journalism
    41:42 to 43:10 Ways to distribute content beyond mainstream social media

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    • 44 min
    TMR 2021: Voting for health- Abhinandan Sekhri, Sujatha Rao, T.S Deo, Manoj Tiwari. Pawan Khera

    TMR 2021: Voting for health- Abhinandan Sekhri, Sujatha Rao, T.S Deo, Manoj Tiwari. Pawan Khera

    The Media Rumble session on "Voting for Health" was moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri, co-founder of Newslaundry, and revolved around the question of how to make healthcare an important electoral issue. A mix of politicians and healthcare experts, the panel consisted of Pawan Khera, national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress; Manoj Jha, member of the Rajya Sabha; TS Singh Deo, cabinet minister in the Chhattisgarh government; Sujatha Rao, former union secretary in the ministry of health; and Amit Behar, CEO of Oxfam.
    The discussion revolved around why health is not a priority for elections, the media and the voter. The panelists discussed questions such as the role of the state in healthcare, the impact of the Covid crisis, and the lack of outrage after the second wave.
    Time Codes:
    0:00 to 3:08 Introduction and key findings from the Oxfam Report
    3:08 to 8:05 Inadequacy of health infrastructure and fall in investment
    8:05 to 27:55 Reasons for de-prioritisation of healthcare by media, politicians and the voter
    27:55 to 39:49 The need for a ‘Right to Health’
    39:49 to 45:06 Electorally successful healthcare schemes
    45:06 to 50:38 COVID second wave impact on healthcare as a electoral plank
    50:38 to 55:16 Challenges in running a health ministry
    55:16 to 56:54 Conclusion

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    • 57 min
    TMR 2021: Afghanistan Crisis- Mitali Mukherjee, Bahar Jalali, Mariam Wardak, Matthew Hoh

    TMR 2021: Afghanistan Crisis- Mitali Mukherjee, Bahar Jalali, Mariam Wardak, Matthew Hoh

    The Media Rumble session on "Afghanistan Crisis" was moderated by Mitali Mukherjee, writer and financial news journalist. The panel comprised Mariam Wardak, founder, Her Afghanistan; Mathew Hoh, a marine combat veteran and senior fellow with the Center for International Policy; Kabir Taneja, fellow, Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation; and Dr Bahar Jalali, an Afghan-American academic. The discussion covered people's perceptions of Taliban 2.0, collective international responsibility, and the US's hasty withdrawal from the region.
    On women's rights in Afghanistan, Bahar denounced the depiction of women as victims, highlighting the important space they occupy in society. She also pointed out that women had organised to resist the Taliban.
    Timecodes:
    0:00 to 1:21 Introduction
    1:22 to 7:03 Current situation in Afghanistan
    7:04 to 13:02 Taliban 2.0 & accountability of other countries
    13:03 to 16:22 Economic Crisis in Afghanistan
    16:23 to 19:35 Effects of diplomacy on economic aid
    19:36 to 23:27 Steps which can be taken to support women to get tangible outcome
    23:28 to 27:19 Structuring humanitarian aid to help women
    27:20 to 35:15 Has America learnt its lesson?
    35:16 to 39:14 ‘Intoxicating effect’ on terror groups
    39:15 to 44:10 Future of Afghanistan in the next few months
    44:11 to 47:04 India's hesitancy in the Taliban takeover
    47:05 to 50:32 Global implications & Fear of USA's re-intervention
    50:33 to 51:01 Conclusion

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    • 51 min
    TMR 2021: Climate Action- Faye D'Souza, Christopher Beaton, Shikha Bhasin, Siddharth Singh

    TMR 2021: Climate Action- Faye D'Souza, Christopher Beaton, Shikha Bhasin, Siddharth Singh

    The Media Rumble 2021 session on "Climate Action" was moderated by Faye D'Souza, an independent journalist. The panel comprised Christopher Beaton, lead, sustainable energy consumption, at the International Institute of Sustainable Energy Consumption; Shikha Bhasin, programme lead at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water; Siddharth Singh, lead India analyst and coordinator at the International Energy Agency; and Lou Del Bello, special projects editor for The Third Pole. The session began with an address by Elias Marini Schafer, programme officer, Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He explained how a one percent increase in global temperature can affect the marine ecosystem, diversity and food production. Faye then talked about the 2021 UN report on climate change and how governments must mobilise to act. Christopher talked about the feasibility of India's zero emission deadlines.
    Siddharth, the author of ‘The Great Smog of India’, explained the distinction between air pollution and climate change. He also said the overlap between the two is important, since steps to control greenhouse gases have an impact on air pollutants.
    Timecodes:
    0:00 to 1:03 Introduction
    1:04 to 6:11 Need for developing countries to declare a zero emission deadline
    6:12 to 7:57 Do we need to start focusing on countries that emit the most CO2?
    7:58 to 14:08 Role of local governments (city level) in climate change conversations
    14:09 to 18:09 Collaboration between countries to mitigate climate change
    18:10 to 25:16 Media reporting on climate change
    25:17 to 27:20 City-level communication and human stories behind the crisis
    27:21 to 29:39 Sustainable agriculture solutions at the local level
    29:40 to 35:04 Drastic measures to combat climate change based on the geography
    35:04 to 37:35 Role of politics in climate change
    37:36 to 40:02 Incentives to the private sector to ensure sustainability.
    40:03 to 40:58 Conclusion

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    • 41 min
    TMR 2021: IT Rules-Dhanya Rajendran, Apar Gupta, Namrata Maheshwari and MK Venu

    TMR 2021: IT Rules-Dhanya Rajendran, Apar Gupta, Namrata Maheshwari and MK Venu

    In the second session of The Media Rumble held on September 22, Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute, sat down with Apar Gupta, lawyer and executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation; Namrata Maheshwari, Asia Pacific policy council at Axis Now; and MK Venu, founding editor and director of The Wire. The discussion began with Apar explaining the new IT rules and the litigation against it. He mentioned the terms of oversight and censorial power wielded by the government as per the rules which were, in turn, introduced by an executive notification without any legal backing to them.​​
    The discussion moved on to the consolidation of government’s control in the new IT rules with a grievance redressal system that places an inter-ministerial committee at its head. Dhanya detailed how traditional media groups are trying to negotiate with the government, while Venu explained the politics behind the rules.
    Timecodes
    0:00 to 5:22 - Lack of unity in the media to oppose the rules
    5:22 to 9:57 - The narrative that the rules are to tackle fake news and child abuse 
    9:57 to 14:08 - Digital media and acceptable regulations
    14:08 to 20:34 - Retrospective effect of the IT Rules and impact on digital rights
    20:34 to 24:30 - Compliance requirements under the IT Rules
    24:30 to 27:53 - Need for a message from the courts and solidarity within the media community
    27:53 to 28:13 - Conclusion


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