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Keynote

IT in media has come a long way

In his keynote address to the CIOs assembled at Technology Senate 2005, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief and Group CEO, Indian Express Group, fondly recalled his early days as a reporter and spoke about how the media can use IT to generate quality coverage. Kusum Makhija reports

Shekhar Gupta
Editor-in-Chief & Group CEO
Indian Express Group

The use of IT in media has come a long way ever since the early days of computerisation in India. Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief and Group CEO, Indian Express Group, reminisced at Technology Senate 2005 about his early days in the industry. He narrated his experiences from the days in which he covered military conflicts in various parts of the world, and how difficult it was to report at that time. He remembered the day the first computer was installed in his office, and how it was called the “apple of everybody’s eye”—partly because it was an Apple machine.

Media Can Leverage IT

At his anecdotal best, Shekhar narrated various incidents from his career when technology proved vital; he also spoke about how media can leverage IT to generate quality coverage. IT has today become indispensable to any media organisation, he said, and it has immensely simplified the processes of news gathering and presentation.

Faster Than Light Speed

Gupta told the CIOs that he as a common user relies on the technology leaders (CIOs) to bring about innovation to make life easier for the common user

He pointed out how IT is being applied in broadcast media to transmit news at a pace that’s ‘faster than light.’ As a journalist who has seen the changing face of the Indian media and has very wide experiences, Gupta delighted the audience with his insightful presentation.

Making Life Easier

He expressed delight at the fantastic response that was generated by the event, and told the CIOs that he as a common user relies on the technology leaders (CIOs) to bring about innovation to make life easier for the common user. He appreciated the platform that Technology Senate provides to industry leaders to share their experiences and knowledge with a critical mass of people.

kusum@expresscomputeronline.com

 
     
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