Month: October 2019

October 25, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Benefits Of Listening To The Radio

Nowadays, listening to the radio might sound peculiar. In this modern world, people have the opportunity to download everything from the internet to their devices such as laptops, smartphones and mp3 players among many others. Majority of people have their means of storing music into their devices where they can connect it to loudspeakers or can be plugged with earphones. But for some, radio is still an essential part of their life. It may not be the old type of receiver where someone can insert CD or cassette tape, but it can be any device that is equipped with a radio. 

 

So, what are the reasons that there are still people prefer listening to the radio rather than its counterparts? Here are some of them: 

It Brings Entertainment  

 

Listening to favorite songs or artists, again and again, may make a person entertained but aside from that, disc jockeys might be the other reason why people are happy listening to the radio. Every people has their favorite type of personality of a disc jockey. Some people prefer funny while some prefer sentimental. It is impossible for them not to share their personal stories over the radio which people may relate to. And sometimes, they may invite guests or even celebrities as the interviewee that makes radio more entertaining. 

It Is Educational 

The radio’s primary purpose is not just to bring entertainment to the public but also to give information such as current events and other relevant matter that people must know. Radio announcers are not just reporting about celebrity updates but other serious stuff such as politics, religion, and even traffic reports. Many radio stations have their official accounts on Twitter, Facebook and other media sites where listeners can give insights or reactions to a particular topic being tackled.  

It Gives Prizes 

Radios have many sponsors that offer prizes for many games or contests almost every day. Games are typically, and most of it are just naming the brand or the latest products of the sponsors. Prizes of these games are in the form of gift products, gift certificates, free movie tickets, free concert tickets, or a trip to a particular destination. If they are a little more generous, they could give iPhones and even brand-new cars.  

For Counseling 

 

It is so typical for a disc jockey to act as a counselor or a friend for their listeners who shares specific issues or problems that they wanted to have answers. Most of the time, issues related to love or relationships are being shared by the public listeners. They can send their problem through the official social media account of the radio station or via phone. Disc jockeys read their problem on air and give their advice. Sometimes, other listeners have the opportunity to provide their inputs or opinions regarding the matter being addressed.  

It Relieves Stress 

When a person happens to be stuck in traffic, it is impossible not to lose temper. Listening to the radio while driving may alleviate the negative feeling that a person is experiencing. Is it nice to hear the disc jockey cheering up a person in the middle of traffic? It is an undeniable fact that even once in our life, the radio somehow manages to ease the tension we are in and can bring pure joy. 

October 18, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

The Basics Of Journalistic Ethics

 

Various professions come with a code of conduct that’s adhered to a greater or lesser extent: doctors, lawyers, builders, soldiers. In each case, this is a recognition that these people have the power to both help and harm, and following a few guidelines has been shown to limit the risk.

 

The basic danger of ignoring these rules is clear: once listeners realize that you’re not following them, any commentary on current events will be left feeling empty and suspect to your audience. Any reporter who is found guilty of a serious ethical breach will have the reputation of a pariah, and will struggle to find future employment even at less reputable sources of news. Finally, getting it wrong can result in lawsuits under defamation and libel laws, and settlements are often substantial.

 

Editorial Independence

Every broadcaster that hopes to become popular knows to “respect the audience” and not transmit messages that would be offensive to them. Unfortunately, a small proportion of listeners have trouble distinguishing between moral outrage and someone simply disagreeing with them.

 

Advertisers also frown on shenanigans that will put their own brands in a bad light (pro tip: don’t call someone who doesn’t share your views a “slut” and “prostitute on live air). And, it’s an open secret that how news on controversial subjects is reported, including everything from climate change to political campaigns, affects where they choose to spend their money.

 

News editors and discussion hosts therefore have to walk a fine line between commercial viability and the accurate representation of current events. This can be done in a number of ways, for instance, by clearly separating factual reporting from opinion. A plane crash is a fact, speculating about its causes before the official verdict is released is opinion.

 

Equally, reporting on any issue should be balanced and reflect at least the views of the main players (think of how many reports you can remember on U.S. soldiers compared to Iraqi civilians). Balanced reporting does not mean that every bigoted or unfounded opinion should receive equal play, but that their contexts and supporting evidence are presented fairly. For example, if a famous expert is to participate in a debate, every effort should be made to find him an equally distinguished opponent, while the host may want to declare his own views or any conflict of interest explicitly.

 

Humanity and Compassion

All of us will remember the Boston Marathon bombing, but aren’t our memories of such incidents based mostly on what the media reported?

 

In fact, it seems that some editors saw the event as a payday rather than a tragedy. The death toll was initially inflated by a factor of four, while one newspaper published photographs of two “suspects” that had already been cleared by police, and in fact had been nowhere near the blast. They are currently suing the newspaper for the distress and notoriety this inflicted on them. Not to be outdone, CNN reported that an arrest had been made without checking this fact.

 

Reporters often cover sensitive stories or interview emotionally distraught people. At the same time, inaccurate reporting in the name of being first with the story can literally ruin lives. Subjecting bereaved persons, or those accused of a crime, to ambush journalism is not supporting the public’s right to know unless it yields information that is actually in the public interest. Listeners may have an attraction to scandal or prurient stories, but covering them requires greater ethical standards, not weaker. When publishing a story may cause harm to some individual, no matter how unpopular, it is advisable to get legal advice about how far his privacy has to be respected.

 

Honesty

Good sources are more valuable than gold to any journalist who actually investigates stories (as opposed to reporting at second hand). However, for personal, professional or legal reasons, they will often be hesitant to speak under their own name. For this reason, anyone who gives information “off the record” is entitled to their identity being protected by reporters, even to the point of serving jail time. This principle applies to a person’s identity, as well as ancillary information that may be used to track them down, such as the neighborhood in which they live. The conditions and reasons for anonymity, as well as other conditions, have to be negotiated right at the outset.

 

Speaking of sources, plagiarism remains a real problem within the news community. For this reason, any information gained from other outlets should be credited accordingly. It’s also very bad practice, yet done, to claim that an interviewee or even the journalist himself was an eyewitness to some event – no amount of accuracy can be expected in these circumstances.

 

Finally, journalism can be a demanding job, in which a person searches out information that’s not generally known on a tight deadline. At some point, every reporter has to decide when enough is enough. Were comments sought from everyone affected? How many independent sources are needed for confirmation of key facts? Has the story been fleshed out enough, or is it distorted by oversimplification? Formal ethical guidelines can only help a person so far – at the end of the day, a decision often amounts to a judgment call which the person making it will have to live with.

 

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