India Day II – Times of India Newspaper

Waking up in the morning, and seeing shore instead of water through the glass window felt good; not that I do not enjoy seeing the horizon every morning, but changing sometimes can be very interesting.

Daniela and Gabriel got ready to head to Agra and Varanassi, northern India, and everyone else on the ship had their own plans and trips planned already.

I had an FDP (the field programs we are required to take per class) for my International Media class, to the Times of India newspaper.

The Times of India is the strongest newspaper in India in English, competing with The Hindu. We went to the main office, where we met a lot of the journalists, advertisers and the press.
We sat on those long looking tables made for important meetings, and heard them talk about how the newspaper is still the main source of news throughout India. I thought that was very interesting, since the newspaper is dying in many places in the world, especially the U.S. They also have a page online, but still, it would cost more for citizens to read the news online than buying a newspaper, so it is not affecting them.

I also thought it was interesting how it is in English. We were able to read other newspapers in Hindu, and other Indian languages, but English it is still the strongest. Apparently, to be educated in India now, most of the people learn English in school.
I do not know how I feel about that. I mean, it is an amazing thing to be bilingual, especially in today’s media and business world, but having your country’s leading newspaper in a foreign language really surprised me. I did notice most of the people that had a decent education speak and understand English.

What I thought was the most interesting fact, was the amount of women journalists. i was able to interview them, by asking some questions of how they felt being women and working for the media – if they were treated differently, or felt like men had more rights than we did.
I was so surprised to hear all of them say they did not feel discriminated. They said they get paid the same, and felt like their voice was heard. I could not help to notice, however, most of them were writing for the entertainment part, tourism, education etc. I asked if they did not want to write about politics? or maybe sports?
They told me they were doing what they loved; in fact, there was an award given to a journalist in 2011,and she was a woman.

It shocked me, because before arriving to India, I had this sense in my head that women were so inferior to man. I never thought in the media world women would be superior, since in Brazil or the U.S it is proven of women having less opportunity.

I observed that The Times of India’s entertainment part is strong. I was told it is because The Times of india tries to target the young population, by getting the news about the city, state, country and globally, and also having an interesting entertainment part.

It was really noticeable on the streets, how the HIndu tried to attack The Times of India. They had billboards with sayings like: “Space for business leaders. Not cheerleaders. The Hindu – Stay ahead of the Times.”
I was also told The Hindu’s news are more straight and cold, with less entertainment and less censored, which targets more the older adults.

It was definitely a wonderful experience, enriching my own knowledge about the media world out there, especially in such a country like India.

India – Jornal The Times of India

Acordando pela manha, e vendo terra ao inves de agua pela janela de vidro fez bem; nao que eu nao goste de olhar o horizonte toda manha, mas mudancas sao sempre bem vindas e interessantes.

Daniela e Gabriel se arrumaram e foram para Agra e Varanassi, norte da India, e a maioria dos estudantes ja tinham seus propios planos.

Eu tive um FDP (excursao requerida por materia) para a minha aula de Midia Internacional, no jornal Times of india.

Times of India e o jornal mais forte na india em Ingles, competindo com o jornal The Hindu. Fomos para a oficina onde tudo funciona, e conheci jornalistas, publicitarios e a imprensa.
Sentamos naquelas mesas longas para reunioes importantes, e escutamos eles debaterem como o jornal ainda e a fonte de informacao mais preponderante na India. Achei isso muito interessante, pos o jornal esta morrendo em muitos lugares do mundo, principalmente nos Estados Unidos. Eles tem uma pagina online, mesmo assim, custa muito mais ler as noticias online do que comprar o jornal, entao nao esta afetando o meio de comunicao.

Eu tambem achei muito interessante como o jornal e em Ingles. Tivemos a oportunidade de ler outros jornais em Hindu, ou outras linguas Indianas, mas o mais forte e o em Ingles. Aparentemente, para ser uma pessoa educada, elas aprendem Ingles no colegio.
Nao sei o que eu sinto sobre isso. Acho maravilhoso ser bilingue, especialmente no mundo da midia ou administração, mas tendo o jornal mais importante do pais em Ingles me deixou surpresa. Me dei conta que realmente as pessoas que podem ter uma educacao decente, falam e entendendem Ingles.

O que eu achei o mais interessante, foi a quantidade de mulheres jornalistas. Eu tive a oportunidade de entrevistar alguma delas, e perguntei como se sentiam trabalhar para a midia- se elas se sentiam tratadas diferentes, ou sentiam que homem tinha mais direitos que nos.
Fiquei surpresa em escuta-las dizer que nao se sentiam descriminadas. Elas disseram que os salario era o mesmo que o dos homens, e que as vozes delas eram levadas a serio. Nao pude nao deixar de perceber que a maioria delas escrevem para lazer, turismo, educacao etc. Perguntei se elas nao queriam escrever sobre politica? Ou esportes?
Elas me disseram que estavam fazendo o que amavam; de fato, tiveram um premio para a melhor jornalista em 2011, e era uma mulher.

Me choquei, pos tinha em mente antes de chegar na India, que as mulheres seriam muito mais inferiores que homens. Nunca pensei que no mundo da midia as mulheres seriam superiores, ja que no Brasil e nos Estados Unidos existem muitos problemas relacionados a mulheres que nao tem as mesmas oportunidades que homens.

Eu tambem observei que a parte de lazer do Times of India e bem forte e bem feito. Me disseram que The Times of India tenta focar na populacao jovem, tendo noticiarios sobre o estado, pais e assuntos internacionais; e ao mesmo tempo tendo uma parte grande interessante sobre entretenimento.

Deu para perceber nas ruas, como o jornal The Hindu ataca o Times of India. Eles tinham muitos outdoors com frases dizendo: ” Espaco para lideres. Nao para lideres de torcida. The Hindu- esteja na frente do ‘Times’ ”
Tambem me disseram que as noticias do The Hindu sao mais diretas e frias, com pouco entretenimento e pouco censurado, que foca nos adultos.

Defiitivamente, foi uma experiencia maravilhosa, e ao mesmo tempo enriqueci o meu propio conhecimento sobre a Midia la fora, especialmente em um pais como a India.

Categories: India | 1 Comment

Post navigation

One thought on “India Day II – Times of India Newspaper

  1. Rose Sampaio

    Wonderful! Uma oportunidade maravilhosa eum maior entendimento
    na sua area de Jornalismo!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: