Nowadays, the blogosphere has taken reporting a step further, mining down to the experiences and perceptions of individual citizens. So, people do not only have to depend on the official news to get updates on the latest issues. The current HOT issue is the plane crash incidents which started getting vast media attention. Since the official news cannot announce any latest news without official verification, people depend on the unofficial sources as the news updates are faster there. Blogs has been one of the interesting ways of updating the plane crash issues. There is certain way the media has been doing coverage through blogosphere.
1. Biased coverage
Where the information presented can be seen in a biased manner. This means that the coverage is either supporting a particular view or opposing a particular view. So it is only one sided where the writer writes the new according to what the impression is. For example, “it’s a terror act or suicide mission by pilot based on previous such accidents” (Pradhan, 2014).
2. Un-biased coverage
This is where unbiased presentations of facts and also figures. Instead of taking any particular stand on the issue. The news covers both side of the issue to make sure there is fairness and this can be seen in the plane crash news, “Alternative media websites and myself have suggested that the plane wreckage presented to us as MH-17, actually belongs to the ‘lost’ flight MH-370”. This is then continued with “Unfortunately for the secret agencies involved in this false flag, the internet buzz created around this information made them panic and the official REUTERS images showing that piece of the wreckage have been Photoshopped” (Light,2014).
3. Interactive coverage
This would be the most famous way of covering a news in blogs as the author includes the presentation of information and also including audience views in it thus, makes the coverage interactive such as “Some readers suggested that the invalid passports could be required as they could contain unexpired visas” (Light,2014).
In Malaysia, Ethics in Journalism Malaysia is concerned with truth and respect the right of people to receive the accurate information. In this case, although bloggers are not obligated towards journalism ethics, bloggers should be accountable in their writings by avoiding any offensive remarks, defamatory and patterned with extreme bias and moral. Information written must be authentic in fact and not subversive or slanderous. On top of that, incorrect information should be corrected immediately (Malaysian Press Institute Code of Ethics under Proposed Malaysia Media Council, Revised version by Inisiatif Wartawan). News readers and audiences expect unbiased, well-balanced, and objective material. Therefore, it is important to have any statements supported by facts from reputable sources. Being said so; a journalist must avoid any conflicts of interest to serve the interest of readers, viewers and listeners thus to honor the journalistic profession at all times. In fact, in our opinion a blogger who are passionate in sharing information should have taken this aspect seriously.
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Light, A. (2014, July 25). Busted! MH-17 was in fact the ‘lost’ flight MH-370- updates [Blog post]. Retrieved from Humans Are Free. http://humansarefree.com/2014/07/busted-mh-17-was-in-fact-lost-flight-mh.html
Media Research Center. (2009). Media bias 101. The Media Research Center
Pradhan, G. (2014, March 27).Malaysia airlines mh370 crash planned & why?.Retrieved from http://drgauravpradhan.blogspot.com/2014/03/malaysia-airlines-mh370-crash-planned.html
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