Dummies Guide to WhatsApp journalism – Free video tutorial for Republic TV and Times Now

It’s been a slow day in office as an Editor of a TV News channel. The usual boring stories are pouring in. 1000 farmers from across the country are congregating at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, to protest against farmer suicides, a Dalit activist was murdered allegedly for breaking a plastic tap, 34 bonded labourers including 11 women and 7 children were rescued from a sugar cane field. The same old, mundane, stories of suffering and death.

Suddenly, your mobile phone vibrates in your pocket and you hear the all too familiar notification sound of WhatsApp. You whip out your phone and excitedly tap on the favourite green icon on your home screen. There’s a picture. You feel goosebumps pop-up all over your body. Your ears are on fire. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PRIME TIME STORY TODAY.


While this strategy of ignoring repetitious stories of pain & suffering and concentrating on a singular picture for prime time shows is great for TV viewership, it has its own pitfalls. You don’t want to end up using a photoshopped picture which is over 7 years old as the basis for your prime time story like Times Now recently did.

In order to aid our favourite TV news channels namely Times Now and Republic so that they don’t make such rookie mistakes, Alt News has come up with an exclusive video tutorial, completely free of cost.

In the above video, we demonstrated how easy it is to look up an image that according to Republic TV was “UNDATED” and according to Times Now was “UNVERIFIED” and find the actual origins. The image tweeted by the two channels was neither unverified nor undated and has been available on Internet since April 21st, 2017 on the Chinese Embassy website in which Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra were attending a Chinese food festival.

Rahul Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi Robert Vadra Chinese Embassy Website

The same food festival was attended by India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Sitaram Yechuri from CPIM, KC Tyagi from JDU and other leaders from BJP such as Tarun Vijay and Udit Raj.

Instead of using old pictures as breaking news, Times Now and Republic TV will do well to remind the Union Government regarding the promises they made before they came to power.

BJP brings out video, booklet on Vadra's alleged land deals

If Robert Vadra is responsible for shady business deals, why aren’t questions being asked of Union Govt and the State Governments of Haryana and Rajasthan? Where is the booklet that Ravi Shankar Prasad put out in a press conference? What happened to Uma Bharti’s promise? Who will hold the Government accountable if national television channels spend their time discussing pictures from a food festival and portraying it as a hush-hush meet?

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