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C Rammanohar Reddy appointed Scroll.in Readers’ Editor

Noted journalist will consider readers' concerns, criticisms and complaints to help maintain high standards.

In an initiative aimed at maintaining high standards, Scroll.in has appointed senior journalist C Rammanohar Reddy as its Readers’ Editor. As noted in the guidelines below, the Readers’ Editor will work “independently, but from within the organisation, to consider, inquire into and respond to readers’ concerns, criticism and complaints related to articles on Scroll.in and the manner in which they have been reported”.

Readers can contact him at readerseditor@scroll.in.

Reddy, who lives in Hyderabad, is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience. As Editor of Economic and Political Weekly in Mumbai from mid-2004 to early 2016, he worked to make the journal more contemporary, widen its readership and paid special attention to digitisation.

Before EPW, he was with The Hindu from 1993 to 2004 in Chennai and Hyderabad where he focused on economic policy, writing in the main editorials. He started his career in journalism as an Assistant Editor at the Deccan Herald in Bangalore in 1988.

Reddy has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Madras University and a postgraduate diploma in management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He then received a Master of Philosophy and PhD, both in Economics, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, via the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

Before turning to journalism he worked for a couple of years with the Planning Commission and was also on the faculty of the Centre for Development Studies.

He has co-edited (with MV Ramana) Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream (Orient Longman 2003).

Drawing significantly from the framework laid down by such international media organisations as The Guardian, Scroll.in’s Readers’ Editor will work:

*Independently, but from within the organisation, to consider, inquire into and respond to readers’ concerns, criticism and complaints related to articles and other editorial material on Scroll.in and the manner in which they have been reported. The editor will ensure that the staff cooperates with the Readers’ Editor in responding to queries.

*To offer advice on maintaining high standards of accuracy, fairness, and balance in Scroll.in’s reporting and writing. To seek to improve performance by considering suggestions from readers.

*To write a fortnightly column that considers readers’ concerns and on relevant media issues. This column could be used as a forum to reflect readers’ views.

*In consultation with the editor, to decide whether a correction should be published and/or apologies tendered.

*The existence of the Readers’ Editor, and how to contact him or her, will be advertised prominently on the website.

*The Readers’ Editor has been appointed for two years. He may be be reappointed.

Reddy can be contacted at readerseditor@scroll.in

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