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SPH, MediaCorp can cull another 90% from their newsrooms

In Internet, Media on 06/06/2019 at 1:28 pm

Juz use Radar (Reporters and Data and Robots). Stories generated by the semi-automated news agency often make the front page of local newspapers in the UK, FT reports.

Given that most of our constructive, nation-building media’s reports are copy and paste of the PAP govt’s and its agencies, or corporate releases, do we really still need that many zombies?

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The need for alt media

In Media on 28/12/2018 at 11:04 am

Terry Xu should not have been charged with criminal defamation because he took down the artcle when the authorities were unhappy.

Whatevwer, here’s TOC’s pitch on the need for independent media. Do watch the video.

While dated, … the Q&A session provides us with much insight into the media industry in Singapore and reasons why Singapore needs to support independent media to ensure rights for citizens are looked after.

This is the link to the Q&A session TOC is talking about: https://www.facebook.com/theonlinecitizen/videos/219966588933713/

TOC introduced the video with:

Readers have asked to view the full clip where CNA journalists voiced their views about how they see their job in SIngapore as journalists and here it is.

Taken back in 2016 during a presentation by journalists in Channel NewsAsia/Mediacorp at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the presentation was titled, “Everything you ever wanted to know about TV & Media but were afraid to ask”.

Steve Chia is a Presenter / Editor at Channel NewsAsia who has been there for 13 years. He is captured on video saying, “Media is not the…watchdog to pounce on politicians and not to hold people accountable. That is not our role here.”

Lam Shushan is a digital journalist at CNA for 4 years. She says, “I don’t want to be the watchdog of politicians”.

Low Minmin is a producer at CNA for 5 years. She shares the struggle that she is in, trying to get her story out despite the censorship.

Two of the younger journalists were not meant to be the speakers but were replaced the day before. They were asked to replace Hoe Yeen Nie and Kane Cunico.

The journalists were aware of the video recording just that this video only surfaced at this point.

While dated, but the Q&A session provides us with much insight into the media industry in Singapore and reasons why Singapore needs to support independent media to ensure rights for citizens are looked after.

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Why ST journalists must be happy

In Media on 03/02/2018 at 11:42 am

Constructive, nation-building ST (and other constructive, nation-building SPH, and constructive, nation-building MediaCorp) journalists must be pretty happy that in 2017 journalists globally have achieved the biggest gain in credibility relative to other “groups”: see chart below. Err somhow I don’t think this applies here because I just read this On media, politics and stranger thingshttps://www.facebook.com/notes/cherian-george/on-media-politics-and-stranger-things/10154934466551612/

Read it.

Related post: “Fake news: Just make mainstream media more credible”

Ranking of most reliable sources for people

 

ST editor admits failing in reporting and analysis

In Media on 27/10/2017 at 4:57 am

“Our goal must be (to) produce reliable and credible political news as well as thoughtful and insightful commentaries on Singapore politics and policy affairs,” said Warren Fernandez ST editor and editor-in-chief of the English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) group at SPH. Reference: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/sumiko-tan-promoted-key-editorial-role-sph-073324356.html

Wow what an admission that ST and SPH in general are not producing “reliable and credible political news as well as thoughtful and insightful commentaries on Singapore politics and policy affairs”.

Interesting this admission because many S’poreans (self included), not juz the anti-PAP ang moh tua kees and their fellow cybernuts, think that the nation-building and constructive SPH group and MediaCorp are just part of the propoganda department of the PAP administration.

So producing “reliable and credible political news as well as thoughtful and insightful commentaries on Singapore politics and policy affairs” remains only a goal i.e. an aspiration like multi-racialim in S’pore.

(Oh I forgot that having someone whose i/c says “Indian” as the “Malay” president is multiracism at work, a bit like “Calling a deer a horse”?)

Whatever, it looks as though Warren Fernandez accepts that S’pore’s 151st ranking  in the World Press Freedom Index is about right.

A report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflected Singapore being in the 151st place this year. In 2016, Singapore was in the 154th rank.

This year, other Asian countries above Singapore includes:

Taiwan – 45th rank (up two ranks from 51 in 2016)
South Korea – 64rd rank (up six ranks from 70 in 2016)
Japan – 72nd rank (maintaining the same rank as in 2016)
Thailand – 136th rank (up six ranks from 142 in 2016)
Indonesia – 124th rank (up six ranks from 130 in 2016)
Philipines – 127th rank (up 11 ranks from 138 in 2016)
Burma – 131st rank (up 12 ranks from 143 in 2016)
Malaysia – 144th rank (up two ranks from 146 in 2016)

Hong Kong fell to the 73rd rank from 69 in 2016.

TOC

Or maybe he juz feeling punch-drunk after learning that Sumiko Tan is his new deputy. A lot of people in ST, and ex-ST (think wannabe Sith Lords) think she’s an air-head.

Related post: LKY’s favourite editor

 

 

Why cybernuts still read ST, watch MediaCorp

In Media on 25/11/2016 at 10:43 am

In a recent survey, 88% of Russians said that TV news was one of their main sources of information. But here’s a funny thing – at the same time 31% of respondents said they thought they were being completely misled by the information provided.

That means that about one in five Russians choose to watch the news on TV, while at the same time believing that news to be a lie. How to account for that?

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37871543

2 reasons says this BBC reporter, and both apply here too on why S’poreans read, warch the constructive, nation-building media

“Everything is relative,” he told me. “We in Russia could use postmodernity in order to explain to the West that if any truth is relative, then we have our special Russian truth that you need to accept.”

Mr Dugin’s contorted Orwellian logic is influential in Kremlin circles, though not necessarily among the masses.

And

Ekaterina Schulmann, a political scientist, gave me a different interpretation.

“People are not looking for news as such,” she said. “They are looking to decipher a system of signals – who is on air today and who was yesterday, what is the intonation, the choice of words. It is important to understand all this, because it helps you survive if you are dependent on the state.”

The second chimes in with what the Jap owner of the FT says about SPH:

The company enjoys a relatively favourable position as the sole newspaper publisher in the city-state, and while it is not government-owned, the content of its publications is heavily influenced by the authorities, effectively making them a semi mandatory read for civil servants and businesses seeking insight into policymaking.

And before any cybernut challenges me on my assertion that cybernuts read ST, nuts should remember remember that a lot of what they read are in reality cut and paste stuff from ST. The cut and paste artistes at TOC, TRE, TISG know that there is a hunger for such stuff.

Why ST got to work harder/ PM defines “constructive, nation-building”

In Media on 28/07/2015 at 4:37 am

ST etc not productive

When PM recently visited an ST exhibition (170 yrsw of sucking up to the govt of the day), PM urged ST to “generate products all day and all night”, and not once a day, so as to “retain its relevance and its viability”.

“The Straits Times has to be of the new generation, by the new generation, and for the new generation of readers.”

What he’s doing is telling ST is that the PAP administration needs ST and SPH to work harder to combat the critics of the administration in cyberspace.

Team TOC is three-man strong (Terry Xu and two others) while TeamTRE is Andrew, and Richard Wan, and maybe a few others. But their productivity puts that of SPH and MediaCorp to shame. True 99% of the output of TRE and TOC is derivative, and mostly BS. But then 99.9% of the output of ST etc is  derivative, and mostly BS.

The difference is that ST etc cut and paste unthinkingly from the PAP administration’s media releases and editorial cheat-sheets, TOC and TRE don’t. And SPH and MediaCorp have legions of journalists and editors to do the cutting and pasting; but TOC and TRE have hardly anyone by comparison.

TOC and TRE staff are citizen journalists, while the editors and journalists at ST etc are paid to do propaganda and PR for the PAP administration. PR is worse than prostitution say journalists at respected Western media organisations.

So I couldn’t help laughing when PM said, “You have standing in our society. You are not a fly-by-night piece of paper circulated in dark alleys when nobody is looking,” he told ST.

Doesn’t he realise prostitutes operate from penthouses ans apartments in Marina Bay and district 10 and 11, and Sentosa residences too?

And, btw, TRE and TOC never had STOMP-like scandals: faking a newsy item about a SMRT train malfunction, and not telling readers that posters on STOMP were paid-employees

Constructive, nation-building media defined

PM said while ST is adapting and finding new ways to produce a commercially viable newspaper, it must continue to be conscious of its “important role in Singapore”, and maintain its “hallmark of credible, balanced, objective reporting”.

“I hope you will continue to maintain a balance, take a long-term perspective of Singapore’s interests, and report the news for Singaporeans through Singaporean eyes.”

“And in the process upholding the national interest, not campaigning for personal or corporate purposes, understanding our social and our regional context when you’re reporting and commenting on sensitive or emotional issues. As a Singapore newspaper whose past, present and future is intrinsically tied to our nation, your natural stance is to be pro-Singapore.”

Err pro-S’pore is pro the PAP administration?

 

 

 

 

 

How SPH, MediaCorp can get more productive and profitable

In Humour, Internet, Media on 23/03/2014 at 7:21 am

Employ robot writers to replace the Chua sisters, Han, Warren and Yaacob’s sis (Even though she needs the job as Cherian, her hubbie, is leaving NTU soon), among many others.

Not as though the technology isn’t there.

The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake … – thanks to a robot writer.

Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs.

Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26614051

Here’s more

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-26689983

But let’s be fair, robots could be used productively by the anti-PAP paper activists at TOC* and many other blogs (TRE excepted, ’cause TRE makes it very, very clear that its mission is to provide the alternative voices not reported in our constructive, nation-building media.). Robots could replace regular TRE posters like “oxygen”. Kishore of the LKY School should install one to produce his chim pro-China, anti-Western; or pro PAP pieces.

A serious piece on productivity: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/productivity-ageing-population-immigration/

Update at 10am: Thinking about it, I too can use a robot to bitch about that ACS sneerer, VivianB, Auntie Sylvia, her baiyee and the two  GGs. Also for my praise of WP Low, the scholar and elite schoolboy at TRE and the SDP RI doctors treating Mad Dog Chee. My very serious point is that when we don’t think thru the issues, but instinctively give way to our prejudices when talking, writing;  we might as well turn over the writing, talking to robots.

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*Ya I got bias against TOC https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/neighbours-show-up-the-spore-system-for-gd-and-bad/