Nuts and Bolts of Journalism

The style of writing has to be candid, factual and forthright, but it should not be regarded as threatening or hostile. As with most public assignments, it is best to choose the type of words by getting a clear idea on the following aspects: (i) what is the publication the writer aims at? (ii) On what subject the writer wants to concentrate on (iii) the way or the style the article to be written and (iv) when to despatch or post what is written for publication?

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Media impact on public opinion

courtesy Ceylon Today - Many tend to believe and accept that violence is a complex issue influenced by many factors such as racism, poverty, drug abuse, domestic issues, thuggary, guns, mental disorder and terrorism, which can ultimately lead to aggressive behaviour and violence.

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Serious, Humourous and Feature articles

It does not mean to say there aren't many successful humorous article writers at all (continuing from the thread on 'humorous articles and humourist writers' in my previous column), but those are experienced journalists who have gone through the journalistic 'mill'. Perhaps they might have started as cub reporters or cartoonists in provincial papers, tabloids or magazines and contributed the occasional factual article and become exposed as experienced journalists on how to write a factual article technically, before embarking on humorous type. 

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Different types of media people

In a broad generalization the word 'public' simply denotes openness. This feature can be associated with the community, social responsibility and also becomes applicable and helpful on discussion and debate. In terms of the media, it serves the function of bringing out information and various issues to the open to establish publicity. In a democracy media have to play a key role in a multitude of ways permitting controversies and ideas to be debated, thus manifesting the public will. In that respect the media clearly serve public functions.

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Media Institutions

 Various institutions within a society, be it the government, political or any other group, have the power to shape media material to a particular viewpoint. The other side of the coin would be that the media is quite capable of inspiring society as much as the institutions, simply because if media material did not have an impact on a society and its organizations, then those institutions would have no interest in shaping the media in return.

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By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 

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Multi-Faceted Media Culture By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

Media is the creation of just about anything in an organized society which encompasses experiences and sensations at different social levels where discrepancies and dissimilarities create or expose of media institutions, media industries or individuals. Its ultimate character is influenced by the interaction of the media organisation with other social and governmental institutions.

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Courtesy Ceylon Today

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Media, press freedom and journalists have become a pet topic currently in Sri Lanka. Of late various accusations have been levelled against newspapers and newspaper owners with particular emphasis on certain journalists and 'rechristening' them with indecorous names. In normal life the majority of humans tend to encourage what is sound in man and discourage, often by criticizing what is base.

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Published in Ceylon Today on 18 May 2016

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