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The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 2) – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!


The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 2 – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!

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#AtTheEdge rally for media freedom (8th August 2015)


Due to the gigantic scandalous boo-boo that is 1MDB, the Malaysian government has been cracking down on anyone and everyone who dares to voice out and investigate it. The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was dropped from his post. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers being transferred and interrogated. And The Edge publications being suspended.

And so journalists have grown tired of it. Hence, the #AtTheEdge media freedom raly took place today, 8th August 2015, in Kuala Lumpur. Members of te media and NGO representatives marched from Central Market to Dataran Medan Pasar. to show voice their anger and protest at the government for trying to curb freedom of the media.

Below are pictures I took. Enjoy them for now and be patient. I am editing the video I shot for The Fat Bidin Vlog, which will be up soon! I’ll be damn if I’m going to let freedom of speech be sacrificed in Malaysia.

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Participants, journalists and lawyers gathered in front of Central Market early in the morning before the rally at 11am.
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Lau Chak Onn, editor-in-chief of Cilisos.my and a member of the rally’s organising committee, looking dead serious at the start of the event.
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Fathi Aris Omar (holding the hailer), journalist and a member of the organising committee (GERAMM), leading the march.
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Journalism definitely is not a crime!
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Marching on for freedom of speech.
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Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Umno member and CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates, speaking to the crowd.
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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, lawyer and activist, rallying the crowd to fight for their rights.
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Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, PAS member and founding member of the NGO Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), addressing the crowd.
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The media will not be intimidated and silenced!
Here is a picture of me doing my thing at the rally. (Pic by Nazrul Tahir)
Here is a picture of me doing my thing at the rally. (Pic by Nazrul Tahir)

The numbers game may not be all bad for news and journalism content


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From a journalist and content producer’s perspective, development of stories is considered very sacred and full of integrity. Never will we sway to the winds of metrics, ratings and numbers.

But, just hold it right there.

Actually, reader and viewer data can be put to good use for developing good quality content. It just needs to be read and interpreted correctly.

Of course, click bait headlines and Kardashian-like rubbish stories will get the high numbers. But it is the consistent, high-quality, society-benefitting content that keeps the right audience.

And once we learn that value the demographics and psychographics of the audience, only that will we be able to look past the PVs (page views), UV (unique page views), bounce rates and whatever else.

Once we know who is watching us, then we will know how to cater to them. It’s like that old saying that kind of goes like ‘it’s better to shoot like a sniper and get the one you want, rather than spray with a machine gun and hope you hit something’. Or something like that lah!

And the article that inspired this in me is by digital expert David Higgerson: Why audience targets can be good for journalism

How do you control an interview when you are being interviewed?


Journalists love interviewing people. Well, love may be the wrong word, but they have to interview people because it’s their job. But personally, I love it. I love asking people questions and it is even more fun when we have to haggle with them to get answers. But what if the tables are turned and the journalist is being interviewed? Will they be more than willing to give full answers like how they expect their interviewees to give?

Washington Post’s media reporter, Paul Farhi, recently wrote about how tough it is to interview people (specifically journalists) because they tend to be too cautious. We’re all familiar with the ‘off the record’ statements so willingly given by people who don’t want to grant actual interviews. And Farhi goes on to explain another term – ‘talking on background’.

So basically, ‘off the record’ means that the statement or explanation cannot be published in the story. But a journalist can use the information as a lead to go deeper and research a story. And, ‘talking on background’ basically means that the information and statement can be used but the source or interviewee cannot be named. The worse, of course, is when an interviewee says ‘no comment’.

I’ve been interviewed many times and, just as I like being interviewed, I like to be interviewed too. But hey, I get the point of interviewees to want to control the information they give out. I just feel that it is in the way you answer rather than just declining to do so.

Readership and circulation are now contributing more to newspaper revenue than advertisers


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Readers have become the number one revenue generator for newspapers around the world. It used to be advertising. Looks like the old model has gone belly up!

And only yesterday, I wrote about how I’m wondering if crowdfunding could be the key to bringing integrity back to journalism in Malaysia.

So it looks that news could be heading towards serving the people once again rather than the corporate dinosaurs.

The report by WANIFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) also goes on to say that although newspaper circulation seems to be stable, there is a rapid growth in mobile and digital.

(Like I’ve said all along… traditional media will never die. It’ll just be repurposed.)

People are more and more reaching out for their smartphones to get the news. It’s the first thing they do in the morning, and data shows that desktop consumption for news is dropping. Time spent on smartphones is now more than on computers.

Another interesting fact is that there are still more people reading newspapers in print (2.7 billion) than on digital platforms (770 million). And they all are increasing they readership numbers by strategising to pull in consumers from both platforms. Smart!

Urghh… it’s too much data for me to process so go read the article HERE!