It was one of the biggest Supreme Court verdicts in recent times and the television coverage had to live up to the mega event – decision on the Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid title dispute. The television news channels realised its TRP value and so did news portals.

The television coverage of the operations undertaken to rescue 2-year-old Sujith Wilson who had fallen into an abandoned borewell was criticised by many. On the one hand, the coverage brought the tragedy under the limelight forcing action on part of various agencies, while on the other hand, it was a fight for TRPs at the cost of a major tragedy for one family.

‘Oddity’ is one of the main aspects for picking up a news story. The following are some of the interesting-odd stories that got featured in different media sites. It highlights how news reporters are finding ways to wow their audience in an increasingly competitive world.

Smartphones are changing the way news stories are getting covered in media. Years back this may have sounded like a tall claim to make, not anymore. For media organisations which cannot afford high-end equipment, good mobile phones are proving to be a boon.

Media organisations are very particular that their credibility is not compromised. They use many tools and methods to ensure that the news they are publishing is factually correct. However, the first and foremost need is the ability to filter out the truth from all the information that is available.