Talk by Kanchan Kaur on Gatekeeping and Crime Reporting

Gatekeeping and Crime Reporting


Kanchan Kaur

Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media​

15:45 hours – 17:15 hours, 20th February 2020 (Tuesday)

Venue: Room A103, IIITB campus

26/C, Electronic City, Hosur Road, Bangalore

About the talk: The process of gatekeeping in journalism is under pressure just now, given Web 2.0 and social media. I will examine the various stages at which gatekeeping traditionally takes place in a media house, the criteria for it, and the consequences. With prosumers today, the role of gatekeeping in disseminating information has nearly disappeared. We will examine the consequences of this event on the credibility of information in the public sphere. I will use examples from my time as a crime reporter, as well as contemporary events.

Speaker Bio: A stint at the University of Florida’s Institute on Teaching Digital Journalism turned this die-hard print-medium journalist into a believer in the web. She has since driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia. IIJNM now runs a full-fledged stream in Multimedia, and a course in Convergence; she teaches the latter. She started life in journalism by reporting the city of Bangalore for various small newspapers. She joined the Indian Express in Delhi for a very brief period before returning to Bangalore to work for the Deccan Herald. She has, in about two decades in journalism, worked, among other newspapers, in The Gulf News, too. She has covered a gamut of topics—from crime to art profiles. As a crime reporter, she was known for digging out the unusual. Her features in the Gulf News’ weekly magazine Friday, more often than not, became cover stories. She has taught, off and on at the Ecumenical Christian Centre’s residential programme in journalism, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. At IIJNM she teaches students news gathering, reporting and writing skills. She also offers an elective on Covering Arts and Culture in the second semester. She now focuses on news literacy and fact-checking and thinks there is the need to counter the blight of fake news.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.