Category Archives: new media

View the video of our workshop/sharing session on ‘Simple alternative mediums for disseminating information’

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For those of you who were wishing so much to have been there yesterday attending the workshop/sharing session by Aizyl and me at Power Shift Malaysia… we… err… are making it simple for you!!

The recorded Google Hangout of the entire session can be viewed on YouTube!! Woohoo!!


The Fat Bidin Podcast duo will be conducting a podcasting workshop for free!


So you guys want to create your own podcasts? Beautiful timing because my brother Aizyl Azlee and I will be holding a workshop on it this Sunday, 12th July 2015! It’s organised by Power Shift Malaysia. It’s free. You just need to register.

Here are the details:

12/07/2015 (Sunday)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brickfields Asia College – BAC-PJ


Summary: Sharing information doesn’t need to be fancy nor costly in its delivery and production. Podcasters and journalists Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee will share their experiences as journalists who seek out alternative methods of presenting stories in old and new media.

Zan Azlee
Zan Azlee is a multimedia journalist who has written three books, made numerous documentary films, and is currently Senior Editor for Digital Media at Astro AWANI. He writes several columns for, The Malaysian Insider, Kopitiam Ekonomi and He also hosts two weekly podcasts called The Fat Bidin Podcast and The Fat Bidin Film Club with his brother Aizyl Azlee where they pretend to be intellectuals discussing media related issues and cinema art. His work can be seen at

Aizyl Azlee
Aizyl has been in the media line for the past five years, primarily writing. Currently he is a reporter for Malay Mail, and in the past he co-founded the design blog The New Forward as well as wrote for lifestyle magazines CLIVE and JUICE.

It will also be streamed live on the day via YouTube at the video link below:

And the Facebook event page is here.

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Vice will soon produce a daily 30 minute TV news programme

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I have been following Vice for many years… many years. Even before they got into the news industry. I used to visit their tasteless (but so appealing and entertaining!) website and even bought their publications. When they started making online videos and documentaries, that was when they cemented my loyalty as an audience.

Now that they have begun perfecting their Vice News platform, along with their HBO documentary series (which we can see here on Malaysian satellite and IPTV), I am even more hooked. I feel like I can relate to their content and the way they present it. In fact, I used to always want to produce content the way they do.

But enough fan-boying over them.


The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) recently produced  comprehensive profile write-up on the Vice group and it is definitely an interesting read. Some of the points that jumped out to me is the fact that Vice is now going to produce a daily 30 minute news programme on the A&E cable channel.

And there are controversies surrounding the Vice group too. All kinds of sexist and politically-incorrect issues always seem to crop up but never really that significant, the alleged pittance amount of money they pay staff and freelancers, and, of course, the issue of how blurry the line between editorial and advertising is.

But in all honesty, I’m just totally interested in their content. It really appeals to a large chunk of people in the world who previously just couldn’t be bothered about news and current affairs. Or maybe I’m just happy to be want to claim myself to be a ‘millennial’!

Here’s an except from the CJR article”

Vice’s brand of f video-making is built on a style the company calls “immersionism”—an ostensibly raw aesthetic that resonates with world-weary audiences distrustful of shiny, formulaic programming. So far, it seems that everything to which Vice applies its formula becomes unpretentious. But TV news is the ultimate product of legacy media pretentiousness, a world of dramatized sound bites, smooth transitions and anchors caked in makeup. It couldn’t be further from Vice’s ribald roots.

Right now, Vice News is online only, and editors have stuck to global subjects that resonate with a young audience, such as police brutality, climate change, and student protests. The daily “capsule,” a digest of world news in two-and-a-half minutes, is more likely to mention Chilean salmon harvests than Congressional infighting.

Most news videos are short dispatches, from Ukraine for instance, or 20- to 30- minute documentaries that are often personality-led, with a relatable host in his mid-twenties talking incredulously about what he sees. As the runaway success of true crime podcast Serial showed, a sense of honesty about the reporting process is powerful. In Vice’s interviews, the camera is often on the reporter as well as the subject.

Meanwhile, the impression that everything has been stitched together spontaneously gives the vibe of an inside scoop told to you by a friend, even if the story has already been reported. The video is well edited and shot in high definition like legacy media, but appears informal like social media.

Another point that interests me is the fact that they are hardly the most watched media. In fact, they trail websites like Buzzfeed and the like by a lot. But the important thing is the type of audience they get… as I mentioned earlier… the millennials:

Vice may not quite have the biggest audience in the media world (comScore data shows 32.4 million US unique visitors in May, compared to BuzzFeed’s 74.7 million, though this excludes Vice’s reach on YouTube, TV, and social channels), but it certainly has the most hype, and a lot of money.

Oh… and there is also the fact that they are worth at least US$4 billion.

Head on over the the Columbia Journalism Review website to read the article The cult of Vice. It’s a good and interesting read.

Buzzfeed gets into the podcasting scene

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Buzzfeed has started podcasting! They must have decided on it after seeing the success of Fat Bidin’s podcasting efforts! They started about 3 months back with two shows:

Another Round with Heben and Tracy

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But the most interesting to me is the newly launched podcast called Buzzfeed Dot Com, The Website: The Podcast, Which is all about the workings of Buzzfeed and it targets a niche audience – Buzzfeed staff.

It isn’t available for embed, but the public can listen to it by going to Buzzfeed.Com (or clicking on the image at the top of this post).

After Malaysiakini, now The New York Times is experimenting with Whatsapp



Wow! It looks like The New York Times is following Malaysiakini’s lead by using Whatsapp to deliver the latest news!

If you all remember, I had written how Malaysiakini has started experimenting using the popular messaging system Whatsapp to send breaking news and alerts to their subscribers. This was in May, about two months ago.

And now, The New York Times has decided to experiment with it too. They are covering Pope Francis’ Latin America trip in July currently and are updating their readers via Whatsapp.

You can try it out by following these steps:

1. Download WhatsApp on your phone.

2. Save this number, 347-346-3429, in your phone’s contacts (I’m guessing we have to add +1 at the start since we’re in Malaysia).

3. Text “POPE” to that number via your WhatsApp account.

More and more ways to disseminate news and information. Exciting times! Go over and read what The New York Times have to say.