Free Press Guest Editor: Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan, director IIM-I says, ‘Want something beyond TV news’

Indore: What is it that a person like Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan, director, Indian Institute of Management, Indore, looks for in a newspaper? Definitely not breaking news, says the director, who was on a visit to Free Press on Wednesday evening as Guest Editor of the newspaper for the day.

His ‘job’ for the evening was to select news, from his perspective, for publication on Front page and other sections of the newspaper edition of February 8. As for his preference for newspaper content Prof Krishnan was clear about wanting to read more of insights into news as well as features and off beat news.

“I think people get to know all about breaking news from TV channels and that is not exactly the reason why they pick up a newspaper. What they seek in newspapers is something beyond what they have already seen in the news channels,” he told Free Press editorial team. The director was accompanied by his wife Kajoli Banerjee Krishnan, a PhD from IIT Kanpur with about 30 years research experience including 17+ years at General Electric (GE).

While presiding over the evening meeting of editorial for news selection, Prof Krishnan told the team that he has been an avid newspaper reader right from the beginning. He preferred reading political news and current affairs. He informed the team that this is his second visit to a newspaper office as earlier he had visited the office of The Hindu in Chennai.

Indian Institute of Management, Indore, director Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan on Wednesday spent his evening in Free Press editorial discussing news, selecting news for various sections. While going through the news lists and selecting the news for various sections, he highlighted his reasons for his choice of news.

Among other news items he took particular note of Indore traffic police possessing only one speed gun and a radar to check speed violators, particularly in the light of the fact that school buses were supposed to driven at maximum 40 km per hour. Prof Krishnan also checked out how newspaper pages were made and asked about the software used. The director visited the printing press and took keen interest in the process.

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