SAJA DISCUSSION LIST – POSTING RULES & GUIDELINES

This List functions by the following guidelines, developed with input from the SAJA Board and List members (journalists and non-journalists). Please review these and file them away for future guidance.  If you have constructive comments, please send them by email to: johnlaxmisajadisc@gmail.com.

This is a free service for journalists and others who wish to be informed and to inform one another about news, facts, research, sources and viewpoints relating to South Asia, South Asians and journalism in general.

This list is an informational service SAJA runs; the views expressed in this List are not reflective of SAJA, the organization, nor do the views expressed by individuals on the list representative of their organizations.

VOLUME OF POSTS: The first thing we'd like to warn you about is that this List is a high-volume email list; on some days, the number of emails could  approach 20 or more.  Some List members set up a separate, high-capacity email address for this List, such as in Gmail.

PURPOSE:  Our  goals are to examine how well news about South Asia(ns) is covered and share ideas and insights and thought-provoking, constructive discussions about journalism and about South Asia.

SCOPE:  The purpose of the list is to discuss, exchange ideas and information and learn.  The List is not intended to be debating forum on issues that have only a peripheral connection to journalism, such as the politics of south Asia, the United States, or any other place.  Issues like ethics, professional conduct, media bias, new and developing trends, censorship are very much the focus of this forum.

The List welcomes a wide range of viewpoints, comments, criticism and counter criticism because this List is dedicated to journalism and  journalists benefit by listening to a range of viewpoints on the topics they cover and their methodologies.

Understandably, topics like politics and religion stir up our passions, especially those of us who are intimately interested or involved in them. But, this list asks participants to conduct even passionate debates with courtesy and restraint.

When posting a message, please stick to the topic. Do not indiscriminately post unrelated comments or advertisements.  A common problem in public discussion groups is one angry or unpleasant post leading to a spate of back-and-forth messages leading to a flame war.

To avoid this, the best response usually is no response at all.

MODERATION: Messages sent to the List are subject to review and moderation.  Messages may be rejected completely and are subject to edit by SAJA's moderators if, in the judgment and discretion of the moderators, the message is inappropriate or not relevant to the List.  Most messages are approved and posted to the List without any edits.

PRIVACY CONSIDERATIONS: Messages posted to the List do not constitute private communication.  Often, messages and information posted to the List are disseminated by members to outside parties or  quoted in the media, sometimes with proper attribution and context but  sometimes not.  We are unfortunately unable to control this.  List participants are, therefore, encouraged to exercise judgment and restraint on what is transmitted to the List.  In some cases, a direct back-channel communication to a List participant is more efficient and safer than a public response to the whole List.

From time to time, we find that members use the email addresses from this List to send unsolicited emails to other members.  Some of these messages are well intentioned; others become annoyances; some of these are found to be abusive and offensive.  Anyone who engages in such practices is subject to expulsion from the List at the discretion of the List moderators.

WHAT IS APPROPRIATE TO POST OR NOT APPROPRIATE TO POST:

 (1) Articles and columns and news items in the NORTH AMERICAN media concerning South Asia, South Asians and journalism in general are appropriate.  These are then followed by comments and limited debate.

News items from South Asian media are NOT discussed in this List.   Their sheer numbers would overwhelm this List.   Occasionally, articles and columns from South Asia, UK, Australia and other countries are posted to the list, but only if the topic is not covered by the North American media despite their relevance to North America.

(2) Story ideas for journalists in North America concerning South Asia, South Asians and journalism in general.

(3) Controversies in journalism (not other fields) especially concerning South Asia or South Asians.  For example, the flawed reporting about astronaut Kalpana Chawla was covered in the List but a controversy regarding a South Asian doctor's alleged medical malpractice is not covered (unless the manner in which it is reported becomes a matter for journalists to study or discuss.)

(4) Queries from journalists looking for contacts or research data in covering South Asia or South Asians and responses to such queries.

 (5) Information of value to journalists, such as job opportunities, educational and training programs, scholarships, etc.

 (6) Announcements about journalists or journalism organizations, such as individual achievements, promotions, mergers, layoffs, etc.

(7) New developments in journalism, such as the way Blogs play a role in reportage of news.

(8) Personal comments and abusive language are NOT permitted.  For example, referring to Pakistanis as "Pakis" or Japanese as "Japs" or making jokes with references to ethnic or racial groups, gender or  sexual orientation are all becoming common in many chat rooms but, in this List, these are considered inappropriate and inadmissible.

 (9) The List is not a debating forum to PROVE one or the other Lister right or wrong, certainly not on matters like religion which have confounded humanity through the ages.  The purpose of the List is to highlight issues and point out avenues for exploring them further.

GRAMMAR, SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND STYLE

Respect your fellow-listers by following the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. Please spell-check and proofread  your posts before submitting them. Posts with frequent misspellings or grammatical errors will be deleted at the moderator's discretion.

Quote only the particular passage you are addressing with your comments -- and no more.

If you are quoting an outside source, respect copyright laws (and the ethical principles underlying them) by keeping the quotation very short and by providing acknowledgments, links or other references to the original. If you are replying to multiple people/topics, split up your response into multiple posts.

POSTING TIPS:

TOPIC: The forum offers a wide range of topics.  You must first pick the appropriate topic.

SUBJECT LINE: The subject line must indicate the name of the publication (Reuters, AP, NYT, etc.) and a short description. Use the format as in the following examples:  “NYT on NJ ending outsourcing to India” or “WP on Expanded Trade with Pakistan.”

CONTENTS: In the body of your email, you should include the URL, date of publication and the name of the reporter / columnist.  Wherever possible, please identify the ORIGINAL SOURCE of the article, not whoever may have republished it.

Please do NOT e-mail articles DIRECTLY from the websites of online publications because each publication introduces its own unique wording in the subject line, such as "Sujata sent this" or "Hi, Monica, thought you might like this."  Please take the time to copy and paste the entire text of the article into the body of the email.

SIGNATURE: You must sign your full name and indicate your location in your posts.  Please do NOT include personal details such as phone numbers.  You may include references to your Twitter or website but please do not include advertisements or other promotional information.

These guidelines are subject to revision from time to time.  If you have comments, suggestions, please write to: John Laxmi at johnlaxmisaja@gmail.com

 
 
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