We talk about rape. But do we talk enough about how rape is reported?
NewsTracker is a community of young bloggers who have come together to write about the representation of rape and sexual violence in the Indian news media.
We believe news journalists have a crucial role to play in combatting sexual violence. They can question stereotypes; influence attitudes, beliefs; help us rethink the way we read, we write, we think about rape and solutions for rape.
There are thousands of conversations about rape today. But not many on how rape is reported.
NewsTracker exists in this vacuum — as the start of a new conversation on the journalism of rape.
For us bloggers (and we hope our community will soon grow), it is a hands-on media literacy programme, an opportunity to immerse ourselves in news of an issue of utmost significance, to read it against the grain.
For our readers (media students, journalists, educators, those interested in issues of media representation), NewsTracker hopes to be a useful online resource of information, thoughts, questions.
When gender blinded the media to (an alleged) rape
The Pinki Pramanik case revealed deep-rooted media biases about who can be a victim or offender
2018.12.10 / 7min read. Read More
‘Our content is raw, tough, heartbreaking. But that’s the harsh reality’
How A Silent Narrative, a YouTube project that gives voice to survivors of sexual assault, came about
2018.12.10 / 2min read. Read More
What ‘Anitha’ expects from journalists
A sexual assault survivor shares her mixed experience with the media
2018.12.10 / 14min read. Read More
Media’s queer ignorance, journalist’s Babri trauma, Kannur perversion
The 10 December edition of Note This — our round-up of media reports and opinions on sexual assault
2018.12.10 / 6min read. Read More
Reforming the reportage on rape
The media has discussed death penalty ad nauseam, but speaks little of reformative justice
2018.12.10 / 5min read. Read More
I Think: Media must scrutinise how rape cases are handled by police and courts
A Chandrasekaran, lawyer, Chennai
2018.12.10 / 1min read. Read More
I Think: Media and law enforcement need each other
Nisha Narayanan, content marketing specialist, Bangalore
2018.12.10 / 3min read. Read More
I Think: Media passed judgement on the bishop before the courts could
Fr Chackochan Kalapura, catholic priest, Kerala
2018.12.10 / 2min read. Read More
I Think: Journalists should encourage survivors to report rape
Ramani N V, retired administrator, Bangalore
2018.12.09 / 1min read. Read More
I Think: Reports on sexual assault should not be matter-of-fact
Rhea Narayan Kuthoore, philosophy student, Chennai
2018.12.09 / 2min read. Read More
Who runs NewsTracker?
NewsTracker is co-published by Bournemouth University (England) and Ashoka University (Sonepat), in collaboration with Amity School of Communication (Noida), Docfort Meducation (Bangalore), Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (Pune), the Department of Journalism and Communication at University of Madras (Chennai).
NewsTracker is coordinated by Dr Chindu Sreedharan, Dr Einar Thorsen (Bournemouth University) and Professor Vaiju Naravane (Ashoka University). At Ashoka University, the project is led by Anunaya Rajhans; at Amity School of Communication by Vidhanshu Kumar; at Docfort Meducation by Anna Thomas; at Symbiosis by Professor Anita Patankar; and at the University of Madras by Professor Gopalan Ravindran.
Tell us more
NewsTracker forms part of a research and capacity building project titled Media Action Against Rape and Sexual Violence (MAAR, for short), led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO New Delhi.
MAAR is co-directed by Dr Einar Thorsen and Dr Chindu Sreedharan of Bournemouth University. It involves an ambitious 20-month study — the largest of this nature attempted in the Indian context — to profile news coverage and map the journalistic challenges of reporting rape and sexual violence across India.
We would love to hear what you think of NewsTracker. Email us on email@example.com