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Friday, August 22, 2008

Running the media race?

Is the competition in the mainstream media worldwide causing a drop in standards? I’m beginning to think so. Look at the coverage of some recent events.

Georgia vs. Russia. Who invaded and who acted in self defence? Many TV reports carried voice-cuts from persons identified as victims. Local officials and persons with authority in the regions were conspicuously absent. It is however possible that they were not available. Even with a multitude of reporters seemingly camping out at every checkpoint in Georgia, the picture is still hazy.

Plane crash in Madrid. Unsubstantiated figures were being quoted for at least a day before the government figure of nineteen survivors was given. Why the rush to quote a figure before it is authoritatively known. Competition no doubt.

Right now it’s the Obama VP. Who will it be? Speculation is rife. Free Press calls it ‘what passes for big time political journalism’. Read all about it here …

In Words

Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *