Bennett University's Times School of Media is launching a Post-graduate diploma programme in Digital Media in Hindi, making it the first private university in India to offer such a course. The course is being offered at a time when India is witnessing a surge in the consumption of news and information in Hindi, and even more so when it comes to the digital platforms. India has about 500 million users who access the internet, making it the second largest online market behind China. By 2021, this number will increase to about 650 million users, with Hindi users outnumbering English users and creating a large need of Hindi content creators who are into reporting, writing, copy writing, anchoring etc. As of now, the country doesn't have the numbers to cater to this growing demand, especially in the digital space. BU's one-year course aims to fulfill this much-needed market demand. "The growth we are witnessing in Hindi on NBT is huge. We expect it to overtake English in the foreseeable … [Read more...] about Soon, more jobs for Hindi journalists than English
The Swiss Federal Council with Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr. PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP Concerns have been raised over the English capabilities of Guy Parmelin, seen fourth from left in the photo above. The politician is a member of Switzerland's seven-member executive known as the Federal Council and he will head up the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) from next year. Parmelin's lack of English has been documented in numerous Swiss press articles. His responsibilities in his new Federal Council position will include conducting negotiations on free trade agreements with Vietnam, India, Malaysia and the USA. These negotiations are widely expected to be carried out in English. When asked about his English abilities in 2015, Parmelin, from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, initially tried to answer in English but soon reverted to French. “I can English understand but [continuing in French] I prefer to speak … [Read more...] about Lost in translation: Swiss minister under fire for lack of English
Fleet Street has paid tribute to Adrian Shaw, a Daily Mirror court reporter of more than 20 years, after his sudden death aged 65. A reporter for the Mirror from 1994, Shaw covered the trials of serial killer Harold Shipman, child murderer Ian Huntley and Gary Glitter. Shaw was an Evening Standard journalist before moving to the Mirror.He was the father of two children, Jenny and Alex, and the husband of Chrissie.His son and ESPN journalist Alex Shaw told Press Gazette: “He was my best friend. All I ever wanted to do was follow in his footsteps and that’s why I became a journalist. “Having worked on the Sunday People, I know few people get the tag ‘Mirrorman’ and I’m so proud that he did.” Speaking to the Mirror, former Daily Mirror head of news Eugene Duffy said Shaw “never ever filed a bad piece of copy”. The Mirror also detailed the moment when Shaw dubbed Piers Morgan a “public school tosser” after the Good … [Read more...] about Daily Mirror court reporter Adrian Shaw who ‘never filed bad copy’ remembered after sudden death aged 65
It's become one of the great modern caricatures – the Daily Mail reader. Deeply conservative and ultra-traditional, they're often reputed to thrive in towns like Tunbridge Wells (thanks to the old adage "disgusted of....").In recent days Theresa May has appealed over the heads of her MPs to the public in places like this.Now the recent retirement of editor Paul Dacre has led to the Mail itself changing.Mr Dacre's staunchly pro-Brexit message never failed to provoke; branding pro-European judges "enemies of the people", threatening to "crush the saboteurs" and challenging: "Who will speak for England?"There was never any doubting his position.His successor Geordie Greig has changed the rhetoric - backing Theresa May and her deal.Mr Dacre said support for Brexit "is in the DNA of both the Daily Mail and its readers".He warned any move to reverse this would be "editorial and commercial suicide".But his successor has brought in a significant change in tone, so will it have any … [Read more...] about Will the Conservatives be rattled by the Daily Mail’s new Brexit stance?
A group of volunteers check Beijing Capital International Airport for signs with mistranslated English. Qianlong Beijing is once again cracking down on public signs with mistranslated English phrases before the city hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics, just as it did for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The municipal foreign affairs office has already vetted over 2 million Chinese characters on signs and notices. Most of these signs are a result of using the Internet to translate between Chinese and English, which often results in literal meanings. On social media, some people said they would miss seeing the funny signs around. Vising a park in Beijing? Remember to fall into the water carefully. While it’s not uncommon to find poorly-translated signs across the Chinese capital, these examples are exactly what the municipal government of Beijing is racing to fix before the city plays host to the 2022 Winter Olympics, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday (Dec 4). … [Read more...] about Beijing is racing to fix its mistranslated English phrases before the 2022 Olympics hits