Sketch: Roy Mathew
Retired Journalist: former Deputy Chief of Bureau and Deputy Editor of India's National Newspaper The Hindu in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala State, India).
Born at Elamdesom in Idukki district of
Started writing for Youth Times (disco:ntinued Times of
India publication) and other publications while studying
journalism at the University of Calicut during 1979-80. An
investigative report done on water supply in the campus
was reported in Indian Express during this period.
After completing the course and a brief stint with a
weekly in Bangalore,
Covered the Kerala
Legislative Assembly proceedings almost continuously
for more than 30 years, and was honoured by the Assembly
for the same during its quasquicentennial
2013. Reported widely on developmental
and environmental issues across Kerala including the
issue. Broke a story on conditions specified by the
Asian Development Bank for its loan to Kerala for
Modernising Government Programme and fiscal reforms. That
and subsequent coverage of issues related to the loan and
financial position of the Kerala Government by newspapers
led to significant discourse on the subjects in the State.
Beats covered at The Hindu
at senior level included Kerala
Government Secretariat (policies and programmes of
various departments, Ministers' press conferences, Cabinet
briefings, etc.) besides Bharatiya
Janata Party at the State level. Was also the
State-level news coordinator for the Internet edition of The
Hindu and a forerunner in computer-assisted
reporting and data journalism in this part of the world. A
computer-assisted analytical report disproving the myth
that higher polling percentages helped the United
Democratic Front in Kerala, published in 1991, was one of
the first such reports.
Edited News and Views (NewsandViews.org.in), a news site with special focus on Assembly proceedings and legislation, after voluntary retirement from The Hindu in 2015.
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Won the Media Fellowship of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (Calgary-New Delhi) in 1995 and undertook the Comparative Study of Hydroelectric Projects in Canada and India, featured in these pages, at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Five connected reports, including an investigative report on the Idukki project, were published in The Hindu.Photography, Information Technology, Journalism Education:
Seminar Papers/ speeches:
Kurinji, the flower of the blue mountains, published by Mariyakutty-Mathew Foundation, Thodupuzha, 2018.
A Handbook for Journalists on Computers and WordStar published by the Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram, 1997.
Chapter on Cyber Journalism in Information and Communication Technology: Recasting Development, edited by Kiran Prasad and published by B. R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, 2004.
Chapter on Foreign Direct Investment in Print Media: Legal and Ethical Issues in Media Law and Ethics: Readings in Communication Regulation, edited by Kiran Prasad and published by B. R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, 2008.
Chapter on Online Journalism: Methods and Diversity in e-Journalism: New Media and News Media, edited by Kiran Prasad and published by B. R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, 2009.
Chapter on Social Networking Media in New Media and Pathways to Social Change: Shifting Development Discourse, edited by Kiran Prasad and published by B. R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, 2013.
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