Panel 4: Media, Information Technology and Social Change


Damarys CanacheProfessor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chair)

Mithilesh Mishra, Director and Language Coordinator of South Asian Languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Global Economic and Financial news in the Post Global Hindi Newspapers – The paper will discuss the reasons for unexpected yet phenomenal growth of Hindi newspapers in the post global India. Although the coverage of global news in the Hindi newspapers has bridged the information divide among the readers of English and Hindi newspapers, these newspapers also present and contextualize globalization through their own ideological prisms. The paper will show how the Hindi newspapers have become an important medium for spreading financial literacy in urban and semi-urban populations of North India. All major Hindi newspapers carry a Business page and the business news and they present articles, especially related to the new global financial products like mutual funds, hedge funds, derivative markets, etc., as tutorials to their readers. The launch of the Hindi version of the prestigious The Economic Times shows the changing nature of the various classes and subclasses of not only consumers but also of readers in North India.

Brant Houston Professor of Journalism and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • The Global Surge in Nonprofit Investigative Newsrooms – Since the beginning of 21st Century, the number of independent nonprofit investigative newsrooms has grown exponentially from a handful in the U.S. to more than 140 organizations in more than 60 countries. The surge has been fueled by the growth in online technology, foundation funding, increased press freedoms and collaboration between the newsrooms across borders to publish when there are crackdowns on those freedoms, and the effort of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and other associations to train journalists to do credible, well-documented news stories that often involve data analysis and visualization. In addition, business training is being provided in the areas of management and sustainability.

Madhubalan Viswanathan, Diane and Steven Miller Professor in Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign