Post by Plo Strax-Avix on Jan 11, 2006 23:59:28 GMT 8
Ha ha ha..nothing new lah...most of our local journalist (and editors) only know how to lepak, ponteng, and ask for free stuff. Good already they don't insist on cash in return for attending a press event like their Indonesian counterparts...
These people give real journalists a bad name and a bad image. Press photographers another useless bunch. Take a million photographs and then end up using the one that came with the press kit. Shows how much confidence they have in their own photos. If they should use one that they shot, and if its of a person, somehow they always end up pick one with the person's face in a funny posture or eyes half closed.
And don't even get me started on our local journalists' command of the English language. Most of them can't write to save their lives, that's why they copy every single word from the press release they receive. Even then sometimes they still end up with lots of spelling mistakes!
Aiyoh I give up on our so-called journalists...journalist in other countries go out to hunt for news, at their own expense, at their own time, sometimes putting themselves in harm's way. Our journilists sit in office to wait for someone to invite them to cover news events...even then, they may still not want to cover the news event if the door gift is not good enough or the refreshment served is not to their liking...unless there're celebrities present lah...
Ignorant reporter. He's probably had a tight deadline and simply hentam an article without researching properly. Maybe he didn't exactly mean anime as a whole and really was referring to the hentai genre, but he should have been more careful with the terms. Probably a case of misunderstanding but it's an insult to all anime fans.. (We are all perverts) That's what most Kosmo readers will think now.
Um.. I think not all of our local reporters are like how Plo described. My friend who's a NST reporter works really hard to meet deadlines. She doesn't do front page news, just the smaller articles but it's confirming whether the information she got is correct that's the toughest part of the job before she submits the article.
IMO, it's just the tabloid idiots that ruined the proffession! otherwise, i think they're mostly ok bunch of folks... as for the photographers, hey, company pay for them to take photo's... if i was the photographer, i also will just take as much as i want.. let the editor decide which photo to use!
Having to rush a deadline and working round the clock frantically is nothing new for journalists. The urgency and stress levels may be greater for those working in dailies than for those of us who work in monthlies etc. but generally most of us work hard at our jobs and take pride in what we do as in making sure our articles are as factually right as possible given our current knowledge at the time. And if that involves researching via books, current academic publications or online resources (I am really reluctant to name the Wikis because while they may be written in good intention, some of the entries may deviate a little).. so be it. Within reasons of course. We aren't exactly writing a thesis (depending on the readers demographics of course) but generally, as peddlers of information, we try to be at least semi-literate and have some sort of understanding of what we are doing.
As in any other professions, there will be a handful of bad apples every now and then. Seen some colleagues that I would rather keep at an arm's length because they frankly repulse me with the I-don't-give-a-hoot attitude and those who still amaze me with their dedication and love for the craft.
What I don't particularly care for this Kosmo reporter is that he was guilty of no or little research and definately sloppy work for this particular article. (I don't read Kosmo, so I can't really comment on its content) While I do know what he is trying to drive at despite his getting the terms quite wrong because of my nodding acquintance with the anime and manga genre, other people who may be oblivious to the genre may be led by the nose by this man's article and generalise anime as fit for perverts. This is unacceptable. If they take similar liberties with corporations and people (okay, maybe this will only work for litigation-happy US), I would love to see just how much money Kosmo can afford to spend to bail its reporters and editors out of law courts. Or the hack with 'principles', give them the sack and go through the whole hullabaloo of cringing, tail-wagging sucking up etc to the power to be.
The editor is not exempt from this fiasco too. There is a reason why we even bother to have editors, sub-editors etc. - so that we would have a system of check and balances to minimise human error. So, either this guy is ignorant too or he just couldn't care.
Most photographers are freelancers who get paid only for shots used in the article. (Poor blokes! No wonder some of them prefer to be hired by MNCs who will basically pay for most of the pics taken during an event! Fairly brainless work but at least it pays well) Then there are the journalists who are pressed into being a camera person that day and have to juggle with their notes, press kits, tape recorder and what have yours. And finally there are people who don't bring their cameras at all and have to wait for the PR company to send them press kit photos. And wee... some of those (allegedly better) official shots look like hell!
So, are we really going to start a petition? I would like to add my signature to it too. ;D