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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sensationalism Kills?!

10/28/2011 10:12 AM

Sensationalism is nothing new in media anymore. It existed even before President Marcos implemented martial law. Probably that guy has prompted to create Proclamation 1081 in 1972—or at least, the part of it. But let's move fast forward to today. 

From stupid questions shown at an episode of Word of the Lourd to a note shared through a Facebook page. This guy, who may be unknown in your eyes and mind as an experienced journalist, shares his insights regarding today's media blunderers regarding how the industry responded to the issue of MILF-AFP clashes in Mindanao recently.

As I read his note, I have to agree with him. This goes not just on the said issue, but over time, they covered some incidents. Remember the Manila hostage crisis? And some specific cases this year, like Sally Ordinario's execution, were unnoticed on its live coverage. People from the media organizations ask a question like "dinibdib n'yo po ba?" common sense as it is, right? By the way, that line is what I had seen from the WOTL's Snappy answers to stupid questions. And also, asking the questions like that may be sounding like a newscaster's lawyer interrogating the hot-seat man of the moment. Still, this tactic is already part of a trend nowadays in broadcasting news. It sounds stupid as it seems, and is there's something you can blame? Hmm, I don't know whom.

By the way, I am speaking from what I saw and personally learned from being a student practitioner for a few months and from the curriculum I had during my college years. The thing in journalism is that corruption exists, so it will be a more challenging thing to face if you aspire to be a catalyst (or a bunch) of change in mass media.

Author: SlickMaster | © 2011 The SlickMaster's Files

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