Our Take: My Take

May 15, 2012

Whenever business/tech blogs write “XYZ Event happened and here’s our take” or “XYZ Event happened: Our Take” or “Our take on Blah blah”

for e.g.

One Vikas @ Medianama just loves to do that every now and then … Here pluggd doing it … It’s a universal problem …

It annoys/irritates me no end.

Why ?

Assume tomorrow morning “Time of India” Newspapers reports on front page

“A.Raja released from prison granted bail: Our Take”

You god damm right it’s your take. Let that be implied and don’t let a moment of laziness get the better of you from coming up with a good news heading/title …

November 6, 2012 @ 2:23 am

So, there’s an issue we have to address here – if we give our opinion and it’s implied but not explicitly identified as our take, then people criticise sites like ours for mixing news and opinion, which is against traditional journalistic practice. If we separate it out, then we’re you write that it should be implied. We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. :)

We also don’t want to be equated with a Times of India. We’re not trying to do what they’re doing, or be anyone else. We’re MediaNama, and that’s what we are.

P.s.: On this, don’t blame Vikas. It’s a practice I started and others have followed suit (including other publications). So I’m to blame.

November 6, 2012 @ 9:43 am

@nikhil It’s one thing to have “Our take” as part of news headline / blog post title and another as part of your post. Given the prominence of news aggregators etc one could argue that it makes sense to justify having “our take” in the title. Yet I think the way the article is written can imply what is your analysis or interpretation vis a vi the fact.


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