A n i r b a n  R o y

WSJ Journalist, Filmmaker, Photographer, Multimedia Specialist
20th year in the business of news and mass communication.

Profile

I began my career as a journalist in January 1993 with the Indian news agency United News of India.

I moved to television programming in June 93 and by 99 I had covered and dabbled in various aspects of television programming; producing, directing, editing and cranking the camera for documentaries, current affairs programmes, docu-dramas, fiction, live news coverage for general elections as a Line Producer, Live OB Producer and providing consultancy to various television production and post-production houses like BBC World, NDTV and Doordarshan.

After six years in the electronic media, I moved to the medium of digital media and new media communications in July 99 and joined the India Today Group Online (ITGO.)

I joined Reuters in 2000 as an Online Producer and was promoted as Editor of Reuters India Online | www.reuters.co.in in 2005.

I joined The Wall Street Journal as the India Editor for WSJ.com in December 2008, responsible for the WSJ's digital footprint in India.

I am fascinated by the potential of digital media as a tool of mass communication and firmly believe in the power of convergence and dream of a day when I can virtually live my life off the net. Amen!


Work Experience

Since December 2008

India Editor, WSJ.com | The Wall Street Journal Online

Responsible for The Wall Street Journal's digital footprint in India. | My blog posts.

October 2005 to December 2008

Editor, India Online | www.reuters.co.in, Reuters News at Thomson Reuters | My blog posts.

Lead the team of multimedia producers, filer and a correspondent in the 24/7 India Online Desk that publishes multimedia news @ www.reuters.co.in, provides content to dotcom clients like Yahoo, NDTV, Rediff, Hindustan Times, Indiatimes, IBNLive, AOL and mobile content to telecoms markets across Asia and Oceania.

  • Managed the client-facing Reuters India website till August 2007 and launched the consumer-facing website as part of Reuters' direct-to-consumer offering in India.

  • Editorial role involved day-to-day editorial operations for the India website, news selection and coordination, generating multimedia content (slideshows, video interviews, web exclusive video packages and Reuters Insights), coordinating with bureau editors on a day-to-day basis, writing and commissioning blogs, guest columns and moderating blog comments. Conceptualising global coverage pages around big news events in coordination with all global stakeholders - editorial, business and product - and manage them on a day-to-day basis from India. Conceptualise and implement simple text or Java SMS news content for mobile clients in India, Asia and some in Oceania.

  • Pitched in with reporting as and when required, especially in breaking news situations like the Delhi serial blasts. A picture shot by me at one of the 9/13 Delhi serial blasts site.

  • Product role involved content and channel packaging as per business or sponsor plans, search engine optimization tasks for the news website and our business and personal finance website Reuters Money; third party content management, initiating and coordinating new features for the site with the Reuters global product, design and technology team as well as optimizing available resources for the site. Promoting Reuters web properties on social media sites via feeds, linkbacks and widgets and helping the Reuters global product team with new initiatives on social media platforms like Twitter, Squidoo and FriendFeed. Hire design consultants for creating micro sites, hand hold all external consultants for design, look and feel and overall site design as per the Thomson Reuters global design templates.

  • First point of contact for all technical issues for online agency clients as well as for Reuters India websites.


October 2000 to September 2005


Online Producer, India Online | www.reuters.co.in at Reuters News

One of my assignments in a Breaking News situation - the October 2005 New Delhi market bombs:

Washington Post | Yahoo | Yahoo Gallery | Tiscali News|
and one more

July 1999 to September 2000 - India Today Group

Work profile:
Multimedia specialist, streaming media specialist and web editor for aajtak.com and Co-head of news desk, correspondent and photographer for the India Today Group's news web site Newstoday. (www.indiatodaygroup.com)

My work --
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As the co-head of the news desk and news coordinator at ITGO; managed the 20 member team at ITGO's news desk, its seven outstation correspondents and coordinating with India Today correspondents for news reports and new media content. Also pitched in with newsgathering as a correspondent and photojournalist covering the general elections in 1999.

Streaming media specialist, Editor and Webmaster for the ITGO news and streaming media site aajtak.com. Provided solutions and developed content for live and on demand video and audio streaming on the website. Did India's first live webcast of PM Atal Behari Vajpayee's address to the nation on August 15, 2000, Independence Day, for aajtak.com.

Covered the 1999 general election in India as a correspondent and photojournalist for ITGO's election website indiadecides.com

Multimedia content developer and SMS content editor on behalf of India Today for India's largest cellular service provider Airtel's SMS news service.


April 1993 to July 1999

Television news producer, live OB producer, executive producer, Multimedia producer, independent documentary filmmaker, director of docu-drama series and investigative series, broadcast journalist, cameraperson, VT editor and radio producer for:

NDTV, Star News, BBC World, Sony Television, Doordarshan, Zee TV, Star Plus, UTV, Times FM, Dev Features, India's Ministry of External Affairs, India's Ministry of Tourism, India's National Commission for Women, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Renoir - UK and India's National Literacy Mission.


January to April 1993

Trainee Journalist with the United News Of India (UNI)


Skills/Experience


Manager

Editor, India Online | www.reuters.co.in, Reuters News. Leading a team of multimedia producers who publish multimedia content 24X7 to www.reuters.co.in

Desk head at ITGO for a team of 20 journalists.

As Executive Producer and Director in television, headed a multimedia production team of 35 professionals.

Online: Multimedia specialist, streaming media specialist; live streaming specialist on real producer and windows media, digital nonlinear video/audio editing for on-demand video and audio streaming, encoding and authoring, multimedia and web authoring using Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

Television:
Content/Editorial -- News producer, Output/Input Editor, Correspondent.

Production
-- Electronic News Gathering with DV and DVCAM; Documentary videography with DV camcorder, field editing with Panasonic, Sony DV/DVCAM laptop editors, linear editing (cuts and A/B roll) on Sony BVU 2000 for Betacam and Digibeta, DFS 500 effects generator, location audio recording on DAT and Beta, DV/Beta/Digibeta tape mastering and audio mixing on Tascam studio mixers.

Text: News gathering as a correspondent and photojournalist. Have covered two general elections in India as a television news producer, correspondent and photojournalist.

Radio: Freelance radio spots producer and sound editor for public service campaigns.

Photography: Photojournalist. Gear used - SLR (Film and Digital)

Teaching Experience

Former guest faculty, Department of Journalism, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi.

Education

PGDBA (Marketing), Symbiosis, Pune
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (Hons.), University of Delhi

Contact

m: +91.98110.17427
@: banroy@gmail.com
w: www.anirbanroy.net
t: www.twitter.com/anirbanroy