Mint (newspaper)

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Mint
Mint (newspaper) logo.png
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Shobana Bhartia
Founder(s) Raju Narisetti
Publisher Vivek Khanna
Editor Sukumar Ranganathan
Managing editors Niranjan Rajadhyaksha, Anil Padmanabhan, Tamal Bandyopadhyay
News editor Nabeel Mohideen
Opinion editor Siddharth Singh
Founded 1 February 2007
Political alignment fiscally conservative, socially liberal
Language English
Headquarters 16th Floor, 18-20 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001
Readership 222,000 (Indian Readership Survery, Q1 2011)[1]
Sister newspapers Hindustan Times
Hindustan Dainik
Official website www.livemint.com

Mint is India's second largest business newspaper published by HT Media Ltd, the Delhi-based media group which also publishes the Hindustan Times.[2] It mostly targets readers who are business executives and policy makers. It is India's first newspaper to be published in the Berliner format. Mint exclusively carries "WSJ" branded editorial content in its pages by virtue of the content sharing partnership between HT Media and Newscorp, which owns the Journal. The current Editor of the newspaper is Sukumar Ranganathan.[3]

Launch[edit]

Mint was launched in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal on 1 February 2007, with the Journal's former deputy managing editor, Raju Narisetti as its founding editor.[4] Around eight months before the first edition was published, Narisetti went about hiring and assembling staffers for Mint. Several trial runs of the newspaper, with varying formats and names on its masthead were reportedly tried out before settling with the current ones. The launch team comprised some of India's leading business journalists as well as a handful of staffers from the Journal, whom Raju Narisetti had brought on board with the intention of bringing some WSJ style and flavour to Indian journalism. Informed observers saw it as a well calculated attack on the near monopoly of The Economic Times, published by The Times Group, HT Media's rival media conglomerate. Within two years of its launch, Mint was second only to ET and established itself as 'India's fastest growing business daily'.

Style[edit]

The design of the Mint newspaper is geared towards presenting business and financial information in a compact format. The newspaper was initially designed by Mario Garcia, who has also been associated with the re-design of the Wall Street Journal. Mint liberally uses infographics to tell stories and present data when compared with other dailies, publishing almost one a day and sometimes several.

Content and Culture[edit]

Mint is the business daily from the stable of HT Media, which seeks to compete with the Economic Times, Business Standard, Business Line and The Financial Express (India). Although it is a daily newspaper (except on Sundays), Mint doesn't think of itself as a newspaper of record, choosing instead to focus on the bigger stories of the day, served along with analysis and lifestyle pieces. Some media critics have called Mint a 'daily magazine' because of this choice of presentation.

Mint Lounge[edit]

Saturdays see the distribution of Mint Lounge, the weekend edition, which is more popular than the weekday issues based on increased circulation figures, especially with women readers. Lounge is a magazine-style supplement that focuses on the arts, food, culture, fashion, sport, music, etc. It features columns by Rohit Brijnath, Samar Halarnkar, Shoba Narayan, Mayank Austen Soofi, Aakar Patel and Natasha Badhwar.

Structure[edit]

On the editorial side, Mint is organised into various teams based on reporting subject matter. Topic editors usually decide on the composition of stories for the next day's edition in a news conference held before the paper goes into the final stages of production. There are also small teams that focus on strategy, marketing, advertising and other aspects of publishing the paper and its ancillary offerings. Mint also houses technicians who work exclusively on HT Media's digital media projects, including apps for mobiles and tablets featuring Mint and other publications from HT Media. The newsroom and management follows a relatively 'flat' structure, unlike in other divisions of HT Media.

Narisetti's Exit[edit]

In late 2008, Narisetti quit his position as editor and decided to return to the United States where he joined the Washington Post. Ranganathan replaced Narisetti as editor.[5] Narisetti's resignation, as it was revealed over time, was not without controversy:[6] "He said he left earlier than he expected because of a “troubling nexus” of business, politics and publishing that he called “draining on body and soul.”"[7]

Stance and editorial opinion[edit]

Mint's editorial or "Views" page emphasizes free people, free economies and free societies.[8] Its editorial pages broadly support economic liberalization and an unfettered economy but provide for some space for social programs that tackle especially grievous inequity.[9] It has taken an especially strong position on national security and terrorism issues, opining in favour of strategic national interest over more liberal alternatives. However, the paper, like most English-language papers and magazines targeted at affluent Indians, does appear to be socially liberal.

Quick Edit[edit]

Mint carries a short editorial piece on the front page titled "Quick Edit", which is quite popular for its concise, oft hard-hitting opinion. The longer opinion pieces titled "Our View" and guest opinion pieces titled "My view" or "Their Views" are carried in views pages towards the end of paper.

Notable Employees[edit]

  • Priya Ramani, llll;, Mint Lounge[10]
  • Monika Halan, editor, Mint Money,[11][12]
  • Abel Robinson, art director[13]
  • Utpal Bhaskar, energy editor,[14][15]
  • Jacob Koshy, science writer,[16][17]
  • Anil Penna, senior copy editor[18]
  • Liz Mathew, political writer[19]
  • Rudraneil Sengupta, sports and features[20]
  • Cordelia Jenkins, profiles editor[21]
  • Sidin Vadukut, "Handyman",[22] columnist,[23] previously managing editor of livemint.com[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mint". HT Media. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  2. ^ . HT Media http://www.htmedia.in/brandPage_hindustan.aspx?Page=Page-HTMedia-mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ . HT Media http://www.htmedia.in/ManagementFrame.aspx?PID=c5f2a589-4206-4f8a-b179-23079e961035&ML=1200&Page=Page-HTMedia-Management. Retrieved 3 June 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Kar, Kalyan (16 April '06). "HT Media to launch business daily; appoints Wall Street Journal’s Raju Narisetti as Head of Editorial". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mint founding editor Raju Narisetti quits, managing editor Sukumar to step in his shoes". Financial Express. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pseudonymous author spells finis to Mint editor?". Sans Seriff. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Timmons, Heather (27 November 2009). "Some Indians Find It Tough to Go Home Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "In defence of freedom". 
  9. ^ "In defence of sweat shops". 
  10. ^ "feed". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Monika Halan". Yale World Fellows Program. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "feed". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Abel Robinson". WAN-IFRA. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Utpal Bhaskar". LinkedIn. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Utpal Bhaskar". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jacob Koshy". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jacob Koshy". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "A Penna". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Liz Mathew". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "RS". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "CJ". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Apropos of Nothing". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Cubiclenama". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "About". Domain Maximus. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 

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