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In Black and White.... (For your e-reader)
Source : http://goa1556.goa-india.org/index.php?page=first-book-in-black-and-white

This book covers over four decades of post-colonial Goa's newspaper scene, through the colourful -- if highly personalised -- stories of those who saw the media from the frontline.

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Read about the first assembly elections of 1963, the role of dominant media voices, and attempts to build alternatives in the English-language and Konkani.

Special focus goes to the impact of the Herald (formerly O Heraldo). In 1983, it switched over from being the last Portuguese daily to be published in Asia, to an English-language newspaper.

Journalists themselves explain the travails of covering rural Goa. Newbies talk of their experiences. Newer media options opened up in the late Eighties and early Nineties. Outstation journos have their own take on the media scene here.

Two essays cover Konkani journalism (both Roman-script and Devanagari), making bold and contentious points. And did you know what goes into police-reporting, as we know it here?

This book ends on an ambitious note, asking whether journos can go beyond themselves... in an entrepreneurial way! So dip into some deep insights here.

This book was published in April 2008. An earlier e-book version is also downloadable online (Click image to download book for your e-reader).

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Compiled and edited by: Frederick Noronha
Published by: Goa, 1556 and Broadway Book Centre
Cover design by: Cecil Pinto ISBN 8190568205, 9788190568203
Price: Rs 195 in India | US$14 €10 abroad
Printed and bound: in India

Writers and contributors: Ben Antao, Eugene Correia, Valmiki Faleiro, Paul J Fernandes, R K Nair
Frederick Noronha, Melwyn Misquita, Daryl Pereira, Vishvas Paul D Karra, Derek Almeida, Tony Martin, Elston Soares, Miguel Braganza, Shiv Kumar, Rahul Goswami, Raju Nayak, Peter Raposo, Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Cyril D'Cunha & Niraj Naik

Besides his stint referred to in this chapter, Benedito Martinho Herculano Antao (b, 1935) worked for the Indian Express in Bombay (1965-66). He then won a journalism award from the World Press Institute, moved to the US for a year's study, work and travel. Later, he spent 10 weeks at the Denver Post (1967), worked for a Catholic weekly in Toronto, and was a copy editor in the mid-seventies at a major Toronto daily. He also taught high school English, drama and religion for 22 years, before retiring in 1998, and qualified as a certified financial planner in 1988. Currently, he is involved in fiction writing, for which purpose he sees journalism as a ``great training ground".

Canada-based Eugene Correia has written for many major mastheads published in India. Besides those listed below, he has also written for India Today, Frontline and a number of expat Indian publications published from overseas. What stands out is this journalist's sharp understanding of Goan issues and politics, his willingness to call a spade just that, and his fine memory for detail. Despite been based outside Goa for his entire working life.

One of Goa's own, home-grown profilic writers who was very active between the mid-Seventies and mid-Eighties, Faleiro worked his way through other professions too. On taking to the pen once again, specially to write a couple of chapters for this book, he reveals a style that remains as readable, well-informed and convincingly-argued as ever. He is planning some books too and has been penning an eminently readable column about politics in Goa's past and related issues.

Paul Fernandes, known to journalists in the state for his amiable nature, as also his ability and inclination to do off-beat and far-from-the-beaten-track stories, has published a vast amount on issues that concern rural Goa, archaeology, conservation issues, sub-altern Goa and the average resident of Goa. He was recently winner of a Centre for Science and Environment (Delhi) fellowship to study water issues in Goa, and a Goa Sudharop prize.

R.K. Nair sees himself as a battle-scarred media veteran (adding, "though close friends in Goa may describe me as bottle-scarred"). He has `seen action' in Kuwait and Iraq after his departure from Goa in the Eighties. Back in India after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, he worked for the Indian Express. He then went to Oman, returning again to take up an assignment with The Hindu, where he currently works. Contacts: 09382866772 (M) 044-28239981 (R) 044-28411328 (O) and rknair15@gmail.com or rknair@thehindu.co.in 

Frederick Noronha was part of the original batch of trainees with the Herald during its re-launch in 1983. In 1987, he became Goa correspondent for the Deccan Herald. Since 1995, he has been a full-time freelance journalist, writing mainly for the outstation media, including the Indo-Asian News Service. He has an active presence on the Internet, and has been for journalism training to Germany and Sweden. He is founder of the Goajourno, India-EJ and Third World-EJ mailing lists, that seek to build collaborative networks among journalists. Contacts: 0091-832-2409490 (O/R), 9822122436, 9970157402 or fred@bytesforall.org and fredericknoronha@gmail.com

Melvyn S Misquita represents a new trend among some of the younger journalists -- well-educated (he holds two M.A. degrees), Net-savvy, and eager to extend the boundaries where the sights of journalism in Goa should be focussed at, apart from just the Secretariat.

Daryl Pereira came to Goa as a young, lost member of the widespread Goan diaspora. He promptly won many friends by his friendly ways and have-fun attitude. In turn, he not just discovered his roots more deeply, but also earned for himself a profession. Besides opting for Media Studies back in the UK, he has been working for a search-engine promotion agency (or, put in plain language, an initiative that skews search-engine results, to allow you to be listed first, if you can afford to pay).

VPDK was an outspoken sub-editor at the Herald, where he also covered sports for the daily's special supplement. Subsequently, he has shifted to working at the prominent Bangalore-based daily, Deccan Herald. Since the time of writing the article, he has moved on to being a business reporter in the Gulf.

Derek Almeida, one of Goa's finest deskmen known for his neat layouts, is also among the best humour column writers Goa has locally produced. Unfortunately, his growing responsibilities have kept him away from writing humour regularly. Derek won the respect of his juniors by his honesty at work, his ability to stand by his subordinates, as well as his considerable if long under-appreciated talent. Memorable headings like`Sirsat elected, Tomazinho selected' (after a controversial election to the Goa Speaker's post) are credited to Derek. Since writing this chapter, Derek has moved to the audio-visual media and is editor of the Goa-365 news channel. In 2007, he was editor of the Gomantak Times.

Tony Martin is the pen-name of Galjibaga (Canacona)-based Anthony Barretto. He has worked his way through Goa's English-language newspapers, before shifting to education. He has gone into self-publishing, and has managed to put out books with a print-run of 5000 copies (quite some achievement by small Goa's standards). He has been working in the Gulf too. Among other self-published books, he is the author of Naked Goa.

Elston Soares, a veteran of the desk, has worked at the Herald, Newslink and Gomantak Times. Since moving out of Goa, he has worked in publications in the Gulf and Singapore, where he is currently based.

Miguel "Michael" Braganza has been writing since his school days. While at the University of Agricultural Sciences,Bangalore, he was a founder-member of the Writers' Club and one-time Editor of the FYM: the Farm Yard Magazine. Since then, Miguel has been Goa University's first and only Garden Superintendent. He took to writing more seriously after getting in touch with journos in local newsrooms. He became the first Consulting Editor of the Mapusa Plus free-sheeter in July 2001. Since then, he has been working with free-sheeters, editing technical papers, and otherwise taking a keen interest in the media. He is currently associated with the North Goa Plus. He is a consultant editor and horticulturist, based in Mapusa.

Shiv Kumar is a Mumbai-based journalist who occasionally para-drops into Goa for some sun, sea and opportunities to tilt at a few windmills there. A journalist, a freelance and subsequently as a full-timer since 1992, Shiv Kumar was the Goa correspondent of The Indian Express from 1998 to 2000. After moving back to Mumbai, he was with the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). He has since joined The Tribune, Chandigarh, covering Mumbai for that paper. Contacts: 91-22-28906693, 9820320927 and journoshiv@gmail.com

Rahul Goswami, one of Goa's most respected outstation correspondent, covered this state for the Business Standard, in the mid-Nineties. Till recently, he was based in Singapore. RG claims he was offered, several times during his stint in Goa, bribes by various colleagues envious of his posting as inducement to trade places with them. Instead, he went to Bombay to quarrel with newspaper vendors, went to the Gulf to start up a ``dot-bomb", went to Singapore to learn Mandarin, and is now wondering if those bribes are still on offer. Contacts: In Berlin, Germany: +49 170 7409520 In Goa, India : +91 9881068778 makanaka@pobox.com

Raju Nayak, after starting in journalism in Goa, has worked on the newsdesks of mainstream Marathi newspapers in the media-capital of Mumbai, has edited the Sunaparant in a tumultous period (as this essays narrates) and today tells the story through the Indian Express to the ire of politicians who would like a more flattering image to be put out. This essay narrates the situation as of 2003. Contacts: +0091-832-2224701 (O), 2733677 (R). 9422063666. nayakraju@gmail.com or nayakraju@hotmail.com

Peter Rapose considers himself ``just a five-year-old priest" given the responsibility of editing a seventy-year-old Konkani weekly, where he was till some months back. Says he modestly: ``The only thing I have besides my priestly studies is a Diploma in Journalism from Xavier's Mumbai and a lot of enthusiasm to do the best I can." He took the publication he edited to cyberspace (something other larger publications in Goa don't take seriously) at http://www.v-ixtt.com. He has earlier worked for three years in Bombay Archdiocese.

Someone once described Mayabhushan -- only half in jest -- as the `Sherlock Holmes of the Goa press'. This young journalist has repeatedly shown his ability to come up with that unusual story that everybody else overlooked, only to cause ripples in Goa and beyond. His hard work, uncharacteristic honesty in telling the story as-it-is, and young-man-in-a-hurry quality stand out strongly. These approach have won him the respect of readers in as much measure as the ire of those who would not like the media to tell the whole truth. After writing this piece, `Bhushan' shifted to New Delhi, and made a name for himself at Tehelka and other investigative journalism operations.

Cyril D'Cunha is a figure hardly anybody in post-1961 Goa journalism would not know. While editors came and went, he stayed on at the desk, at the Navhind Times -- and contributing to many outstation journals, as outlined towards the end of this essay. Earlier, he began his journalistic career in Bombay. He is highly rated for his knowledge on Goan sports, as also acknowledged by a recent book on Goan football.

Niraj Naik, known for his coverage of rural and remote Goa in the Nineties, is today publisher and editor of the Digital Goa. This fortnightly, the only specialist publication of its kind in Goa -- covers the IT industry in the state. He has worked in the Delhi media, and was located for some time in Malaysia. He also runs Goa's first and only SMS-based news-alerts service.

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G.O.A. Christmas 1982 Newsletter

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East African Catholic Society – London 1968

Christmas Dance Flyer

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Dance took place on Boxing Day 1968 – in Church Hall off Soho Square
Admission Five Shillings for members !!!!


Goan Overseas Association - London UK

1973 Newsletter – Editor Roque Cardoso
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An historical and archaeological sketch of the city of ... - Google Books

An historical and archaeological sketch of the city of Goa 1878: preceded by a short statistical account of the territory of Goa. Front Cover. Josť Nicolau da Fonseca ...

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An Historical and Archaeological Sketch of the City of Goa
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A most comprehensive history of Goa in a format associated with gazetteers. Also carries important statistical information including

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