Author Archive for Shelton Gunaratne

Island Needs to Mind its Mindfulness

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

By Shelton A. Gunaratne, PhD (Minn.) Moorhead, Minn.–I reckon that The Island editorial titled “ETCA and mandates” (Feb. 22, 2016), which has had 1575 hits by noon the following day, drew the attention of a large audience. This indicates the editor’s correct news sense in selecting timely topics to edify his potential readers. I concur […]

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Comparison and contrast of editorial policies of Sunday Island and Sunday Times from 2000-2015 show disagreements on Tamils, India, and federalism Part III

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

By Shelton A. Gunaratne, Ph.D. (Minn.) Professor of communication emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead and lead author of the book Mindful Journalism and Media Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York & London: Routledge, 2015) April 24, 2011 Sunday Island Editorial Title: “Big bucks, politics and rhinoceros hides” Summary: A critical look […]

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Comparison and contrast of editorial policies of Sunday Island and Sunday Times from 2000-2015 show disagreements on Tamils, India, and federalism Part II

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

By Shelton A. Gunaratne, Ph.D. (Minn.) Professor of communication emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead and lead author of the book Mindful Journalism and Media Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York & London: Routledge, 2015) September 4, 2005 Sunday Island Editorial Title:   “When the chips are down” Summary: This editorial was on […]

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Comparison and contrast of editorial policies of Sunday Island and Sunday Times from 2000-2015 show disagreements on Tamils, India, and federalism Part I

Friday, February 5th, 2016

By Shelton A. Gunaratne, Ph.D. (Minn.) Professor of communication emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead and lead author of the book Mindful Journalism and Media Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York & London: Routledge, 2015) Moorhead, Minn.– Upali Wijewardene, a nephew of the legendary newspaper magnate D. R. Wijewardene, commenced   publishing the […]

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‘Sleaze’ should not be leads in American newspapers

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

By Professor Shelton A. Gunaratne MOOREHEAD, Minn. American newspapers used to set the trends that the rest of the free world’s newsrooms followed to raise the quality of journalism in the world. Therefore, I was disappointed to see today’s (January 28, 2016) edition of my hometown newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, splashing the banner headline […]

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An addition to Part 2 of the content analysis of Sunday Times editorials

Monday, January 25th, 2016

By Professor Shelton A. Gunaratne My article titled “A content analysis of The Sunday Times editorials in first 15 years of current century – Part 2 of a two-part analysis”(Lankaweb, 12 January 2016) referred to 15 editorials in the non-stratified random sample I used to generalize my findings for the period 2000-2015. A technical glitch, […]

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A content analysis of The Sunday Times editorials in first 15 years of current century – Part 2 of a two-part analysis

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

By Professor Shelton Gunaratne, Ph.D.  Reliability of the Analysis To ascertain whether the results of our content analysis was generalizable to the entirety of Sunday Times editorials published during the period 2000-2015, we drew a second (non-stratified) random sample of 15 editorials for the same period as a crosscheck. This selection yielded the following results: […]

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Anti-LTTE, anti-Indian, anti-IC themes dominate The Sunday Times editorials in first 15 years of current century – Part 1 of a two-part analysis

Monday, January 11th, 2016

By Professor Shelton Gunaratne, Ph.D. (The writer is a former reporter of the Ceylon Daily News who completed his graduate studies in Oregon and Minnesota following the completion of a one-year World Press Institute Fellowship in the United States in 1966-67. He is the author of several books, including Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in […]

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Prairie Leafy Spurge Awards  to Those Who Reneged on Yahapalanaya Pledge

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne [Dr. Gunaratne is a professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead.] MOORHEAD, MN — Sri Lanka’s bloated cabinet of ministers, which exceeds the limit of 30 specified by the 19th Amendment, is an example of wasteful public expenditure that the election campaigns of 2015 pledged to resolve but failed to implement. […]

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Island editor gets Prairie Roses for exemplary editorial writing  

Friday, November 20th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne [Dr. Gunaratne, BA (Ceylon), MA (Oregon), PhD (Minnesota), is the lead author and editor of the book “Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach” (New York & London: Routledge). 240 pp.] MOORHEAD. MN — Prabath Sahabandu, 53 (b. 29 Oct. 1962), had been the features editor […]

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Post Script to the essay on the Wijewardene Clan

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Ranjith Wijewardene has sent me the following clarifications on Part 2 of my three-part essay. On “Esmondizing Lake House,” Ranjith says: Esmond was, I think, the secretary of the Trotskyite Students Union of the Ceylon University.  He came courting my sister on a bicycle.  A razor sharp intellect and great resourcefulness lay […]

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A Comparison of Father and Son Focus on Ranjith Wijewardene (Part 3)

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Gunaratne, S. A., Pearson, M., & Senarath, S. (Eds.). (2015).  Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach. New York & London: Routledge. A ‘Ringside View’  MOORHEAD, MN– I had a “ringside view” (forgive me for using Manik […]

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Downs and Ups of the Wijewardenes Focus on Ranjith S. Wijewardene (Part 2)

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Gunaratne, S. A., Pearson, M., & Senarath, S. (Eds.). (2015).  Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach. New York & London: Routledge. ANCL Drowns in Political Mire MOORHEAD, MN — Metaphorically speaking, Ranjith was born with a […]

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Prairie Awards to Wijewardene Clan for Fostering Lankan Journalism–Focus on Ranjith S. Wijewardene (Part 1)

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne  Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Gunaratne, S. A., Pearson, M., & Senarath, S. (Eds.). (2015).  Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach. New York & London: Routledge. A ‘Chip’ Off the ‘Old Block’ Am not I a child of the same Adam… […]

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PRAIRIE AWARDS FOR LANKAN JOURNALISM — Focus on Manik de Silva -Part 3

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) The manner of interaction of the Five Aggregates that conditioned the namarupa of Mervyn de Silva and Manik de Silva respectively showed marked contrasts. Mervyn showed […]

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PRAIRIE AWARDS FOR LANKAN JOURNALISM — Focus on Manik de Silva Part 2

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) PRAIRIE ROSES: To Manik de Silva, the septuagenarian editor of the Sunday Island for his lifetime dedication to journalism in Sri Lanka.  In an interview with Sanjana […]

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PRAIRIE AWARDS FOR LANKAN JOURNALISM–Focus on Manik de Silva – Part 1

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) MOORHEAD, MN (28 Sept. 2015)– Because newspapers in Sri Lanka hide names of their editors and publishers from the general public while they clamor for legislation […]

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AWARDS OF PRAIRIE ROSES AND LEAFY SPURGE — 3 In the Light of Crux of Buddhism

Friday, September 11th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne (11 September 2015) Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) MOORHEAD, MN — Considering the rapid flux of political imponderables in Sri Lanka over the last few weeks, I shall strictly follow Buddha’s […]

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AWARD OF PRAIRIE ROSES TO R. SAMPANTHAN

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) MOORHEAD, MN–As a mindful journalism practitioner and educator, I wish                    to show my “thumbs up” approval to the selection of the Tamil National Alliance leader Rajavarothian […]

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AWARDS OF PRAIRIE ROSES AND LEAFY SPURGE — 2

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne (Week 1 of September 2015) Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM, and lead author of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (New York: Routledge, 2015) MOORHEAD, MN–As a mindful journalism practitioner and educator, I show my “thumbs up” approval by awarding Prairie Roses and my “thumbs […]

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Awards of Prairie Roses and Leafy Spurge

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne MOORHEAD, MN–Jack Zaleski, the editorial page editor of my hometown newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the flagship of Forum Communications, uses his Monday editorial to give Prairie Roses and Leafy Spurge awards to deserving people, places and institutions in the news. Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) is a nuisance weed imported to […]

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The new government should restore Buddhist-Hindu amity and trust by educating the public on the similarities between the path to liberation shown in Dhamma and Dharma     

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM If the Tamil community of Sri Lanka would follow the advice that Lord Krishna gave warrior Arjuna in the battlefield as explained in the Bhagavad Gita, they could rub shoulders with the majority Sinhalese as   equal citizens in a united country exemplifying diversity within unity much sooner […]

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STOP nominating people-rejected politicians re-entering Parliament through National List

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge If the sovereignty of Sri Lanka is inalienable and lies in the People that a set of people are brought into Parliament given strategic portfolios is a violation of that franchise. This is one argument to do away with the National List. Given that this request is nothing any party would agree […]

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Free Speech goes hand-in-hand with Right Speech: Mindful journalism needs both

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne As the lead author of the book “Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach” (Routledge, 2015), I am hopeful that citizen-or professional journalists in Buddhist countries would become the pioneers of adopting mindful journalism as the preferred method of influencing social change. In the book, the […]

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Man-handled time creates confusion: A Pontification

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus, MSUM Moorhead, MN—Web 2.0 technology has enabled me to transmit messages to mass media in Sri Lanka from my hometown in Northcentral Minnesota within a few seconds. In 1966, when I first arrived in Minnesota as a Lake House journalist on a World Press Institute Fellowship, it took me […]

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VICTORY FOR MINDFUL JOURNALISM

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne Professor of communication emeritus Minnesota State University Moorhead    Perhaps for the first time in the history of English language journalism in Sri Lanka, the Sunday Observer has demonstrated the suitability and feasibility of using mindful journalism as an option for the Anglo-American style of Orientalist journalism that the oligopolistic wire services […]

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Buddhism, measles and ticks

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

By Shelton A.  Gunaratne Ross Nelson’s letter (“Untethered reality and irony, too,” The Forum, Feb. 18, 2015) saw an irony in the placement of my defense of jack rabbits the previous Sunday just beneath Jack Zaleski’s “furious attack” on “religious nuts” who resisted vaccination for measles. Zaleski might have designed the layout of his editorial […]

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A RESPONSE TO OBSERVER EDITORIAL ‘A BRAVE NEW STATE MEDIA?’

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne (Professor of journalism emeritus, MSUM) Kudos to the Sunday Observer new/old editor for writing the extremely accurate self-analysis of the pitfalls of “public-owned” media institutions in Sri Lanka (Sunday Observer, 22 Feb. 2015). I presume that he wrote this editorial by the grace of those who currently rule the roost at Lake […]

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Letter: ‘Mindful’ comments on rabbits

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne  Kudos to The Forum for the editorial “Don’t call Fudd about the rabbits” (Feb. 10), which was a fine piece of mindful journalism embodying Buddhist principles. Every year about this time of winter, jack rabbits become newsworthy in the Red River Valley. This year, jack rabbits became news when WDAY-WDAZ-TV reported […]

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Another example of ‘mindless’ journalism

Friday, February 6th, 2015

By Shelton A. Gunaratne from Moorhead An abundance of “mindless” journalism continues to appear in the media published in the West as well as their blind imitators in the non-West. I believe the advent of citizen journalism in the 21st century provides the most cogent background to start  what is now known as mindful journalism centered […]

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