Book Review – “Newsmakers Achievers Awards and My Struggle With Parallel Journalism” by Vaidehi Taman

Newsmakers Achievers Awards and My Struggle With Parallel Journalism” by Vaidehi Taman offers readers a captivating and insightful glimpse into the world of Indian journalism and the author’s personal journey within it. With a focus on the unique and independent survival of her newspaper, Afternoon Voice, Taman presents a compelling narrative that sheds light on the challenges faced by journalists in India and the state of the fourth estate.

One of the standout features of this book is Taman’s exploration of the rise of commercial award ceremonies and the rampant proliferation of honorary doctorates and awards in India. In a society where people are increasingly driven to showcase their achievements on social media, the author delves into the inherent flaws of such practices and the lengths individuals will go to obtain these trophies and certificates. By highlighting the contrast between the profit-driven motives of other award events and the ethical approach of the “Newsmakers Achievers Awards,” Taman demonstrates the event’s commitment to integrity and recognition of genuine contributions to society.

Taman’s personal struggle with parallel journalism forms a central theme throughout the book. In an era where the trustworthiness and veracity of the fourth estate are being questioned, the author’s determination to mentor journalists and honor those who strive to make a difference becomes even more significant. She vividly describes the divided landscape of Indian media, with extreme right and left ideologies dominating the scene. Taman addresses the pitfalls of biased reporting and the dangers of media houses owned by business or political mafias, driven by their own agendas. Her newspaper, Afternoon Voice, stands as a testament to independent journalism, providing an open platform for column writers and citizen journalists while serving as a vocation training center for aspiring reporters.

Taman’s writing style is engaging and evocative, weaving together personal anecdotes, insightful observations, and thought-provoking analysis. Her firsthand experiences and interactions within the industry give the narrative an authentic and intimate feel, allowing readers to connect with the challenges and triumphs she faces as an investigative journalist. The author’s passion for her craft shines through, as does her commitment to the principles of balanced reporting and the pursuit of truth.

In addition to providing an insider’s view of the struggles faced by independent media in India, the book also presents humorous and heartwarming stories that showcase the sustenance and resilience of parallel journalism. Taman’s recounting of the evolution of the “Newsmakers Achievers Awards” from a commercial venture to a platform that celebrates genuine contributions to society adds depth and complexity to the narrative. It serves as a reminder that even in an industry riddled with challenges and corruption, there are individuals like Taman who strive to uphold the values of ethical journalism.

In conclusion, “Newsmakers Achievers Awards and My Struggle With Parallel Journalism” is an engaging and enlightening read that offers valuable insights into the world of Indian journalism. Through her personal experiences, Vaidehi Taman presents a compelling narrative that challenges the status quo, explores the pitfalls of biased reporting, and showcases the importance of independent media. This book serves as both a celebration of genuine achievements and a call to action for a more balanced and responsible approach to journalism.

Vaidehi Taman is accredited journalist of Maharashtra. She has been a journalist for 20 years and at present, is the Founder Editor of Afternoon Voice (English Daily of Mumbai) and The Democracy (video news portal). She is an Investigative Journalist from Mumbai, who believes in fighting against all odds in the fourth estate, for which she has been bestowed with three Honorary Doctorates in Journalism from various univercities. She has contributed significantly to society as an editor, ethical hacker, philanthropist, and author.

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