Hardnews is a Delhi based 17-year-old independent general interest publication that was conceived to fight against trivialization and fake news. The publication endeavored to bring back adversarial old-fashioned public-spirited journalism. Hardnews does not respect reputations as it analyses issues and personalities objectively and professionally. The discerning applaud its fearless and intrepid journalism even at the cost of advertisers that do not want to support a publication interrogating established narratives. The publication of hard copy has been suspension and it’s available online (www.hardnewsmedia.com).
Its readers are those preparing for competitive examinations or looking for a perspective not peddled by think tanks, especially in the realm of foreign policy.
Magazine’s correspondents and contributors have traveled to different parts of the world to report on critical issues like Indo-Chinese contestation in South Asia, West Asian crisis, oil politics. Hardnews has covered Indian elections with professionalism and has got most of its predictions right.
All its articles can be explored through its new search engine.
It took us many months to achieve this, but here we are — a consolidated website that merges our old Hardnews magazine print edition and website containing our archives of writings of the last 15 years, along with our recent offering in a brand new design with offbeat content: Hardnews Foreign Policy (HNFP). It is backed by a formidable search engine that links the old with the new. Indeed, it allows the reader to go deep into various contemporary and long-term subjects/issues that keep returning as headlines from time to time.
The new website returns as www.hardnewsmedia.com.
Why did we need to merge the two media websites?
The reasons are quite obvious: the old website was of the print magazine, Hardnews, South Asian partner of Le Monde Diplomatique of France, with its committed readership amidst the intelligentsia, academia, students, media, bureaucracy, social activists, embassies and diplomats, among others; now that we do not sell the hardcopy magazine in print, it became necessary to rebuild our online presence where the old comes together with the new.
All these years, our model was based on advertising and circulation, which could be challenged in the new, rather difficult, but interesting circumstances. We propose to play the game that others are playing: getting native advertising and raising contributions from our old and faithful subscribers plus our new readers.
We will continue to work according to our strength-in-depth, fearless, researched, independent writing and analysis. The finest minds writing for us within an open-ended, non-dogmatic framework. We have never pulled punches, whether it was the Congress-led UPA in power or the BJP’s NDA. Through our high-quality writing, we have asked difficult questions and searched for their answers through reporting, perspective pieces and analysis. It has not come easy as we have antagonized those in power who have stopped our advertisement support or institutional sales of our magazine — but we have soldiered on.
We will continue to do these special articles and reports in the future that will help you see the world through the haze caused by the blitz of fake news, social media propaganda and PR-driven reports.
I hope you will spread the message in your ecosystem about the return of Hardnews and what it proposes to do. We will keep you updated about developments at our end on a regular basis.
To reiterate: Hardnews continues to be edited by its formidable Executive Editor, Amit Sengupta.
Sanjay Kapoor: Editor Hardnews.