Fusing journalism and TB – telling the stories as they are

Networking for journalists – a necessity oft unfulfilled

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I’m overwhelmed! Both by the response I’m getting to this blog and by the realisation of the need for an initiative such as Journalists against TB.  And I have a lot of people to thank for urging me on to do something about health journalism in general and about TB in particular.  While I have no cribs because there is always space for good work in the mainstream media, and I have enjoyed great support from all the publications I write for, the dissatisfaction probably lay in the fact that I did not get space whenever I wanted it, and for whatever topic I wanted to write about.  I had to comply with the priorities of the publication.  And in the process good stories got buried.

And then, my friends, Madhu, Deva and NS happened to me.  Their trust and faith in my abilities to take their causes forward through the media had me scrambling madly and putting in proposal after proposal for stories that somehow did not make news.  Then followed a process of agonising of how I could actually justify their faith and expectations.  And Bingo! a small clutch of my journalist friends and I got together and put this on the ground.

That it is liberating to own a blog is an understatement.  The fact that you don’t have to spend anxious days waiting for editorial clearance for your stories is a feeling that is to be experienced rather than spoken about.  All journalists will empathise with me on this.

The real message of this blog however is one of how important it is for journalists to network and have at hand a willing group of experts who will invest time in building their knowledge and provide easy to understand information at short notice.  And in Madhu, Deva and NS, I have found just such people.  They are all remarkable people and more strength to them.  May their breed increase!

But this blog is about TB remember?  So I’m linking it to one of the finest pieces of investigative journalism I’ve come across in the recent past.  It’s called A Deadly Misdiagnosis by Michael Specter, and appeared in The New Yorker recently.

Thanks Madhu for sending this on.

Bharathi Ghanashyam

Written by JournalistsAgainstTB

January 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Posted in TB and Media

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  1. I am aware of the difficulties journalists have to face in understanding the ‘expert'(?) on one hand and breaking through the jargon to communicate the message to the audience. I have seen your work till date and am impressed with how you handle it. All the best for you and your work in improving journalistic quality in health reporting.

    TB is a nice choice, but I really do wish (and perhaps that is the case?) that health care in general should be an issue. All the best for the blog!



    January 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    • Will do NS. But I’m somewhat limited by the Name we’ve given it! Convergence is the name of the game however!


      January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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