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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 48) – Beyond a shadow (cabinet) of a doubt

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 48) – Beyond a shadow (cabinet) of a doubt

What’s a shadow cabinet? Zan and Aizyl talk check and balance, establishing public confidence, and male-Malay-Muslim privilege.

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Fat Bidin recommended reads, views and listens from the Internet this week


1. The New York Times’ report, ‘Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, shunned by Malaysia, are spotted adrift in Andaman Sea‘ by Southeast Asia correspondent Thomas Fuller (who I’ve worked with before) is very engaging and a very human story.


2. Radiolab’s episode called ‘Sight Unseen‘ speaks to photojournalist Lynsey Addario who got unbelievable access to a US military medevac team in Afghanistan. After she took pictures of a rescue attempt of a US soldier, drama ensued regarding the rights to publish the pictures. Classic Radiolab style creating drama about visuals using audio!

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3. I had assigned a very young but enthusiastic reporter Mariah Ahmad to Nepal right after the first earthquake that happened. She was wiling to go SOJO (solo journalist) with only a smartphone and a DSLR. Here is one of the photo essays she managed to produce for Astro AWANI.

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4. Another story from The New York Times. It’s episode 3, ‘A bionic approach to prosthetics controlled by thought‘, of a video series called ‘Robotica’. This particular episode is about bionic prosthetics that can be controlled by a person’s brain directly and we see in the video how Les Baugh, 59, who lost both his arms when he was a teenager, learns how to control his robot limbs for the first time.

Malaysiakini makes the right move to Whatsapp


When I talk about news, content and social media, I have always meant platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and all that. I could just kick myself for never thinking about Whatsapp, the messaging app on our smart phones.

But Malaysiakini did!

The country’s first news portal has recently launched a beta version of a Whatsapp Broadcast Service where they send out breaking news, headlines, and news digests out to subscribers.

Brilliant idea!

At the end of 2014, Whatsapp had accumulated 600 million users worldwide, according to a report by AFP. And it is the most popular messaging app in Malaysia.

There are challenges of course. The most obvious at the moment is that sending out messages on Whatsapp has to be done manually and there is a limit to the number of members in a group.

When the subscribers start to accumulate, it’s going to be difficult to start managing everything. Unless, Whatsapp starts thinking about this and addresses it.

And… it’s owned by Facebook!

BBC’s 5 ways of addressing the importance of social media and mobile


Social media and mobile Internet can not be neglected or put on the back burner by any news organisation. And the BBC is one of the last who would want to do this.

The Beeb’s Chris Hamilton recently told Journalism.co.uk about five initiatives they have done to address the importance of social media and mobile.

1. BBC Shorts – 15-seconds videos that are meant to be shared on Instagram.

2. Go Figure – Simple image/graphics that tell a story, also meant to be shared.

3. BBC Trending – Not just reporting what is trending, but understanding why it is trending, etc (Astro AWANI has been doing this for several years now with their Kini Trending).

4. BBC Pop Up – A mobile news bureau that travels around crowdsourcing stories from locals.

5. @BBCElectionBot – Used during the recent UK General Elections. It’s shut down now but will be made available again when there is another election.

Read: 5 ways BBC experiments in the ‘hunt for new audiences’


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 47) – What’s ASEAN’s deal with human rights, man?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 47) – What’s ASEAN’s deal with human rights, man?

Zan and Aizyl try and tackle the issue of boat people stranded at sea and the problems that have led to it. Featuring Klang MP Charles Santiago who also chairs ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) to help with context on the Rohingya crisis and ASEAN’s handling of the issue.

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