Kashmir Ink as Tabloid

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  • Publish Date: Jan 2 2017 8:38PM
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  • Updated Date: Jan 2 2017 8:38PM
Kashmir Ink as Tabloid

There are some very practical reasons to turn monthly Kashmir Ink magazine into a weekly tabloid: One, of course, is the periodicity. By the time the new issue cam around,  people hardly remembered it. In this day and age of 24x7 news cycle when events and incidents overtake each other by the second, a monthly magazine struggles both with its relevance and recall value.  A month, as it were, is now an eternity in  the realm of media. Hence, the need for a shorter periodicity publication. We resolved on a tabloid mainly for its conspicuous personality, its ability to stand out among a pack of other publications.  True, a tabloid is about sensational or sensationalized news packaged in a flashy visually-rich lay-out with bold headlines. The genre  is associated with crime, scandal and gossip. But it also offers space for a serious journalism and long, indepth stories about the prevailing situation.  We can use the elements of tabloid journalism to drive a very serious story home and focus attention on the crying issues of the day which otherwise struggle to hold their ground in the blinding rush of the news cycle. Our cover story about Burhan Wani is an attempt to understand as to how and why an admired  rebel's killing touched off a mass eruption of an unprecedented scale with people ready to get killed and blinded in the process. Kashmir has had very few and  moderately successful experiments with the tabloid journalism. But Kashmir Ink is not just another attempt. We promise to work towards offering our esteemed readers the best long form journalism.  Instead of rushing through the stories we want to dwell on them. We want to tell the stories that can't fit in the immediacy and the quick ephemerality of the daily newspaper.  The stories that demand a long telling. The stories that don’t just skim the surface but require diving right in.  More so, when so many of such stories lie scattered around us - a big chunk of it the huge humanitarian fallout of the situation of the past three decades and more recently the tragic fallout of the current uprising.