原本要寫文章是因為曾經看在bbs討論的一個國語日報報導:[新聞] 看國內新聞 高中生：欠缺國際視野 – Gossiping板 – Disp BBS。我覺得臺灣媒體報導的確有問題，除了報導內容來源不清楚以外，螢幕上下左右都是字。 雖然台灣新聞不注重國際新聞，可是我覺得 CNN 不是最好的新聞廣播。在國外有其它比較好的新聞來源，譬如美國的公共廣播台 NPR 的水準很高，也要求報道平衡和公平。我也看英國 BBC 的新聞文章，也是因為水準高，特別是國際報道很豐富。最近又看了一編「新聞老師：學生都被媒體帶壞」，又覺得很失望。好好在學校學的東西居然沒用。新媒體者應該是能用學過的概念和新的想法來改變媒體、讓臺灣新聞廣播進步。
A while ago I read an online discussion about Taiwanese students and their response to the lack of international news in Taiwan. The students stated that the Taiwanese media does not cover much international news, so they choose CNN for international coverage. My response is that CNN is probably not the best place for international news. I prefer to get my news from NPR, who I think has a very high standard of journalism and provides fair and balanced news coverage. The BBC is also a great source of news, especially international news. There was also a recent article from a journalism professor in Taiwan that stated that the Taiwanese media is harming journalism students. These students learn a lot in school, but once they work in the media sector, they do not use what they are taught. This is very backwards. These new members of the media should be using their knowledge from school, combining it with their own concepts, and have the opportunity to change and improve the media in Taiwan.
The latest example of media embarrassment probably came from Mayday’s European tour press conference in London. The day before the press conference, there was news that a DPP legislator suggested that Ashin (the lead singer of Mayday) enter the race for the mayor of Taipei. This is just the type of silly things legislators in Taiwan say. People know to listen and laugh it off. However, a member of the Taiwanese media actually asked a question about that statement during the press conference. Mayday handled the question very well by focusing their answer back to the band and their music. I don’t know how the international media took it, or if they understood what was happening. This press conference should have been a time to ask about music or Mayday’s international touring plans, not gossip.
I really hope consumers of media and the media can distinguish between what is healthy news and what is junk news. The more we are exposed to junk news, the fear is that one day we will not be able to distinguish fact from fiction.