Best Practices Of Journalism In Asia
by Loo, Eric
About This Book
While journalism adheres to an assumed universal ethical code and methodology, its goals and functions are essentially framed by local factors, and to an extent, existential imperatives. Discussions on what constitutes best practices of journalism in the Asian context are ideologically polarised. For instance, governments in new industrialised countries and socialist bloc see the media more as a state apparatus and a prime mover of national development. This conflicts with civil societies' conception of professional journalism as a public trust, a representative of the common people that keeps a close check on those in power.
This book eschews direct references to the Pulitzer-type criteria as the exclusive benchmarks of journalistic excellence. Instead, it canvasses the scattered literature on best media practices for a cultural context and gathers the opinions of working journalists in Asia to grasp at these elusive benchmarks. The eclectic achievements of Asian journalists featured in this book show the varied - and at times notional - forms of "best practices" in the region. This book concludes that best practices in journalism are essentially culturally defined and best understood from within the realities that influence the socially transformative work by Asia journalists who have built their professional career and won awards for their enterprising coverage of human development issues.
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