I was featured on a radio documentary by BFM 89.9 entitled ‘Is TV News Dying?‘ last weekend. And it’s now available online as a podcast. So go listen to my sexy voice! For those who know me well… you would know what I think of the issue!
Ep 2 – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!
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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.
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
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.