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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 4) – So how is the media covering the MH17 tragedy?


The issue this week ain’t no laughing matter. Zan and Aizyl Azlee talk about the MH17 tragedy and they meet people in the mean streets of Kuala Lumpur to see what they think… how the media has been covering it, if the victims’ families are given respect and privacy, and the differences and similarities between this tragedy and the one five months ago… MH370.

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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 3) – Trustworthiness of the Malaysian media… is plagiarism rampant?


We ask Subang dwellers how much trust they have in the Malaysian media. Especially after BERNAMA, the country’s national news agency, was recently accused of plagiarising an article from the Jakarta Globe about the Indonesian presidential elections. Is plagiarism rampant in the industry? Some think that all journalists do is sit in the office and write what they are told to!!

Check out the accompanying podcast:

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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 2) – When Facebook profiles become news… a new way to judge character?


Zan and Aizyl take to the mean streets of Malaysia to see how the public thinks their Facebook profile pages will be portrayed by the media if they get their 15-minutes of fame! So… they find out that nerds become dirty online and losers become cool!

And the context is:

A Malaysian diplomat is being accused of sexual assault. Is his Facebook profile a good way to determine his moral judgement? On other social media related news… Nando’s have made their stand in the whole soup kitchen fiasco pretty clear – that they’re irrelevant to the conversation. Good job!

As you probably know, The Fat Bidin Vox Pop videos are suppose to complement The Fat Bidin Podcasts, and vice versa.

Do listen to the podcast where they discuss this between the two of them in the comfort of their own company below:

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Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This vox pop is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop – Homosexuality in Islam? Damn you, western liberal threat!


How is the media treating the LGBT issue in Malaysia? Should we be accepting of it? Should we even be discussing it? Zan and Aizyl are on the mean streets of KL to find out in this first episode of The Fat Bidin Vox Pop.

So The Fat Bidin Vox Pop videos are suppose to complement The Fat Bidin Podcasts, and vice versa. Get it? Get it? Smart eh? Hahaha!!

Do listen to the podcast where they discuss this between the two of them in the comfort of their own company HERE!

Subscribe to the Vox Pop videos HERE!

DCIM100GOPRO
Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This vox pop is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

Video journalism basics – storytelling with no words or just with a single shot


The police and fire department are all over the site.

Video journalism is all about visual storytelling. It is annoying to see video reports that is obviously just a voice-over with a bunch of visuals dumped over it that makes no sense. The best way really is to not have an voice-over, because if you do have it, it just means your visuals can’t do the storytelling for you.

Newsshooter.com’s Matt Allard, who used to live in Kuala Lumpur as a cameraman with Al-Jazeera, makes this point in a video documentary he shot recently about a knife making expert in Taiwan called Maestro Wu. No voice-over… not even an interview soundbite.

There is also a technique known as the ‘one-shot’, where a news story is done in just a single shot on the camera with no editing cuts. This one is even more of a challenge, but when done right, it can give quite an impact. Best suited for a solo-journalist, if I do say so.

Sometimes people forget the basics when it comes to video storytelling. If you keep things simple, a lot can be said. Below is a story I did about the Empire Shopping centre blast in Subang a while back. No voice-over but I had an interview though to explain a little bit of facts.

And another one I did… on the demolition of the historical Pudu Jail in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.