News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to print in newspaper. What factors do you think influence these decisions? Do we become used to bad news?
News agencies are considered as sources of disseminating news and information instantly and effectively. No one can argue about the importance of newspaper and TV for gathering information, however, the reliability and unbiasedness of news agencies are often questioned by many.
Being an organization, there is always someone who monitor the activities of media house. The monitoring of what is to be published in paper and what is to be displayed on screen is usually done by news editors. What news editors choose for public depends on the organization interest, personal interest and level of social responsibilities that the editors assume.
One case I remember is that a local TV broadcasted news of its reporters being beaten severely by protesters and their vehicle being destroyed on the same time. The next day lots of local people raised question mark on TV since, on that day, local people had saved the reporters and their vehicle unscathed. This is one of the so many incidence which leads us to think about lack of trustworthiness, social responsibilities and journalism ethics in news editor.
The news that news editor selects is also dependent on the political inclination of media house. It is very common in our country to see difference in opinion and importance among the organizations.
In my opinion 'good' and 'bad' are not the classification of news. News are just absolute information. The intention, interest and presentation of journalist make the same news 'bad' and 'good'. Because of increased of TV and newspaper, provocative, defaming and biased news are also increasing which is, for sure, a negative impact for our society. Such practices must be discouraged by the government.
At last I would like to say that political interest and specific organizational strategy are acceptable but news editor should be unbiased and most importantly should bear some social responsibilities. There are good examples of broadcasters like BBC and CNN which are known for their reliability and accuracy.