Welcome to the first edition of Mint. Starting with its more convenient size, you will find many things about Mint different from what you are used to in your morning business newspaper. As you read through Mint, you’ll see a blend of in-depth journalism and shorter news articles; enhanced navigational tools; increased colour, and a new typeface that is designed for easier reading.
HT Media, our parent company and publisher of Hindustan Times and Hindustan, teamed up with Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, to develop this new daily newspaper and its companion website (www .livemint.com) designed specifically to serve readers in India who are interested and active in business and finance. It is staffed, edited and printed in New Delhi and Mumbai, and we will aim to fill three needs:
• The need for authoritative, credible and timely news and analysis affecting business and finance, primarily in India, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today, as well as around the world.
• The need to save you time, through careful selection of essentials, to spare you from wading through torrents of unevaluated words each day.
• And, critically, the need for trustworthiness. We believe that the only information that is useful is information that is accurate and unbiased.
We will not dilute our usefulness by attempting to be all things to all people, or be a general newspaper. Nor will our focus be narrowly stock markets oriented: While the numbers are growing, less than 3% of all Indians own shares.
We will concentrate our reporting efforts on the broad world of Indian business and, through select WSJ content, relevant international business and trends; on political and social forces at the intersection of Indian business and politics.
Through such understanding, we hope to help our readers find new business and investment opportunities, avoid costly mistakes and make wiser, informed decisions.
On Page 22, Editorial Pages Editor Niranjan Rajadhyaksha also tells you about the philosophical principles that will guide our Views pages and how we will proudly stand for the power of free markets and clear ideas to transform India and free its people from the chains of poverty and ignorance. We begin that journey today with a year-long series: The Indian Century.
We know you are busy readers, constantly on the move. Mint is not only attractive to look at, but also convenient to carry and to read. It also enables us to deliver news and analysis in a more tightly organized package. Combined with our website, we see it as a powerful tool for business readers.
We also understand you have choices in how you get your news and information. And, as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh points out in the first of The Indian Century essays today (Page 23), India is unique in the abundance of national business newspapers, many of which have been around for decades.
We firmly believe that readers need new choices and credible alternatives. And because newspapers are as much a habit as they are brands, we hope that in the months ahead, you will give us the opportunity to prove that Mint is essential to meeting your information needs.
We have a young reporting staff--smart, eager and keen to prove themselves, guided by veteran editors. We have a very strong Code of Journalistic Conduct in place that will be our moral compass. And we will earn your trust by practising honest journalism.
As stated on Page 2, we have a clearly defined Corrections & Clarifications policy and we will promptly--and without hesitation--correct any errors we make in the paper.
Behind all of this is the simple premise that newspapers need to be for and about what readers want and need. So tell us what you like in Mint and what could be different in the weeks and months to come. We mean to make it better--for you.
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