29 Apr '11, 6am

Print media — some things change, some things stay the same

Print media — some things change, some things stay the same

After yours truly published a grainy photo of the huge crowd at the Workers’ Party rally in Hougang in the general election of 2006, it was no longer possible for the Straits Times to suppress such wide-angle pictures (even though it took several days before the newspaper published its own picture of the same rally). Prior to that, media analysts had noted that the newspaper only printed narrow-angle pictures of rally speakers or tiny sections of the crowd (i.e. 5 – 10 faces cheering). The Straits Times would not convey to the public pictorially the overall crowd sizes or enthusiasm that attended opposition party rallies. However, in the present era with the ubiquitous cellphone camera and rapid distribution channels that are well beyond blogs, such as twittering and Facebook, the old editorial policy is no longer viable. Even Straits Times’ journalists have said as much. ...

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/print-media-...

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