Title: From reel to reality: Exploring the notion of objectivity and media ethics through the film ‘New Delhi Times’


Vol. 11(3), 2023, pp. 148-159.



Author: Assist. Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi, PhD

About the author: Ravi Chaturvedi, PhD, is a senior assistant professor at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies-TC, Affiliated to GGSIP University, New Delhi, India. He has a rich exposure of industry as well as academic ecosystems. With a double master’s degree in Medieval Indian History and Media Studies, he has earned his PhD in Gender and Media Studies from Assam Central University. As a media educator and researcher, more than a dozen of his research papers have been published in reputed national and international journals with impressive impact factor. He has also penned down three reference books and an equal number of chapters in different books, which have been critically appreciated by the academia. His personal research areas include gender studies, film studies, media education & literacy. 




Author: Assist. Prof. Ashish Verma

About the author: Ashish Verma, senior assistant professor at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies-TC, Affiliated to GGSIP University, New Delhi, India. He is an accomplished videography/photography professional with more than a decade of teaching experience. He has done his master’s in mass communication specializing in Television and Video Production and pursuing his PhD from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, India. As a media academician, he has published many research papers in peer-reviewed national/international journals. Mr Verma has also contributed chapters on topics of academic interest in acclaimed books. His personal research areas include film studies, media education & literacy.


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Citation (APA style): Chaturvedi, R., & Verma, A. (2023). From reel to reality: Exploring the notion of objectivity and media ethics through the film ‘New Delhi Times’. Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT, 11(3), 148-159.

Abstract:      An award winning and critically acclaimed movie, New Delhi Times is among a very few films which grapples with the dark and dubious relationship of politics, media, and corruption. The film debates on the traditional construction of objectivity in news reporting. It sets our sight on the journalistic ethics by reviving the debate whether if a journalist is covering a riot, should he or she help a wounded victim on the road or rejoice at a perfect photograph or a story he or she has chanced upon? In the contemporary media scenario, journalists are often accused of compromising the ethical standards while reporting a disaster or a tragedy. Taking the film as a case study, this paper ponders on the desensitization of media professionals towards tragedies and questions the role of a journalist as a detached observer or someone who bears the obligation of unravelling truth behind the incident.

Keywords:  journalism, politics, corruption, objectivity, ethical reporting



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