Rootconf 2016

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Kamala Sripada


How TV newsrooms work and what you can learn from them

Submitted Mar 16, 2016

The objective of this talk is to help other industries benefit from the knowledge of the real-time work flow in a TV newsroom. While industries are distinct in their content and area of specialization, I believe that work-flow knowledge systems cut across these barriers. Such knowledge systems when shared can enable industries to learn new skills, trigger thought processes on existing practices and customize other industry cultures.

At a time when TV newsrooms are going digital in India, an understanding of how this space works and a dialogue around this with other industries would help in the process of integration.


As mentioned above, this talk would look at how real-time work flows take place in a TV newsroom. Beginning with the reporter on the ground breaking the news to the information the viewer can finally see on their TV screens. The talk can be broadly understood in three parts. Part 1: Explainer of this process Part 2: Error Management Part 3: Challenges that come to play in this system.

At this point, I’m looking at a simple work-flow presentation. If I’m able to make a video of this from the newsroom, I’ll definitely bring it along. I will be able to update on this later.

Speaker bio

I’ve been a journalist with CNN-IBN since May 2012. I joined the network as a freshly minted graduate from the Asian College of Journalism, following my under-graduate study in Political Science Honours at the Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. I began as a News Trainee at CNN-IBN and moved on to perform the roles of a Desk Editor, Copy Editor and Reporter for both breaking news as well as feature stories.

News Trainees, Desk Editors and Copy Editors are part of our output team while Reporters are part of our input team.

My stint on both the output and the input team has given me a holistic understanding of how our newsroom functions. As a mentor to new recruits and interns, explaining and simplifying our work-flow is something that I have done in the past and I’m certain this experience will help in the talk.


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