This article summarizes media coverage for Indian general elections - National, International and local coverage. So, what is the media saying? Modi wave? Well we won't get into that but rather more of an overview of how they are talking about Indian elections.
Indian Express Elections have sections on politicians, parties, polls, quotes, videos and social media. Times of India presents dance of elections it has sections on schedule, social sentiment analysis. The Hindu has constituency watch and splits the coverage by geographic regions (north, south, east, west and central). Outlook covered elections in a non-chalant way.
The national newspaper coverage of election seems fairly mundane - they go after day to day new and not any over-aching themes. I wish they started doing more data driven and issue driven election coverage and research!
Some local newspapers like Maharashtra Times are just translating national news in a local language. Some local only publications like LokMat cover celebrities and local twists to the national elections.
Google has setup election center, which helps voters lookup candidates, and Twitter has become lifeblood of polls and controversies :).
There is a tonne move to write about TV media, NDTV, TimesNow, India TV and the likes have extensive up to the minute coverage but again not as much data and issue driven. Its surprising to me that none of the channel did any detailed research and comparative analysis of various election manifestos and put them on their web-sites for general public to digest the information!
It's great to see thoughtful coverage of Indian elections in international Media. Indian TV channels and social media have definitely contributed positively to move the democracy needle. However, its disheartening to see the traditional press-coverage to be fairly lack lustre and at times largely entertainment driven. Personally, I think the fourth pillar of democracy needs to adopt a lot more data and issue driven approach so that opinions can be kept in check and a elements of an institutionalized honesty can surface.