This book makes a new and significant argument that Indian news media are no longer just observers but active participants in the events that direct the nation. It explores the changing role and performance of Indian news media in the past 25 years by examining their coverage of some of the landmark events and issues within the context of the India's ‘globalising’ polity, increased privatisation, new communication technologies and the rise of individualism.

The challenges of globalisation have resulted in significant changes in news processes and procedures, which this volume details by scrutinising the media's reportage of several events and issues, such as anti-graft movement, paid news, sting journalism, 24-hour news and coverage of terrorism and politics—media nexus. The theoretical exploration of the changes in the Indian media landscape draws from academic disciplines of media studies, journalism, cultural studies, political science and sociology.

Sting Journalism: A Sign of the Times

Sting journalism: A sign of the times

Maya Ranganathan

The leap to ‘infotainment’ that media outlets have made in the race for profits and the consequent dilution of the ‘watchdog’ role of media is a universal phenomenon that has been the subject of much analysis. As pointed out elsewhere in this volume, the trend has become increasingly apparent in India in the age of globalisation. This chapter elaborates some of the ways in which the unbridled race for profits has impacted upon journalism. Attempts to draw more audiences and advertisers have resulted in newer genres of news, one of which is focused on below: ‘sting operations’.

A recent development closely tied to increasing levels of corruption in society, sting journalism, in ...

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