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WeiBo new era

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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October 25, 2011 ROSANNA TANG

More than 20 experienced journalists from Macau and Hong Kong gathered at Shue Yan University yesterday for a series of marathon talks about Media Ecology today.


Well-known author of “The Tong Shan Earthquake”, Qian Gang, recalled how journalists were restricted from reporting on the incident of the May 23 China Railway High-speed (CRH) crash. [a well-known author implies that there was more than one author.]


Qian revealed that the Chinese government only allowed journalists to reproduce information straight from the news sources of The Xinhua News Agency. No further negative reporting could be made and published. Many newspapers headlines were then changed immediately before publishing, right after they received the government’s command.


There is lots of evidence proving that China still lacks freedom of the press. “It’s hard to tell whether China could catch up with the press development pace in Hong Kong in the near future,” Qian said in a hopeless tone. [Great use of adjectives here to evoke tone.]


“We should treasure the gift from God – WeiBo.” Qian appreciates the introduction of WeiBo into the journalism industry. It helped to speed up flow of information across the border, especially in mainland China.


Some shared the Oriental Daily and Apple Daily headlines of Hong Kong onto WeiBo. Citizens living in the mainland could then figure out what happened on the night of 23rd July without the filtering of news from the government.


Chief editor of QQ.com, Lee Fong, expounded on the effects that WeiBo has brought to humans. “In the past, we were the consumers of all types of information. Nowadays, we are the leaders and creators of all information,” Lee said.


Lee pointed out that WeiBo brought a revolutionary impact on communications methods. WeiBo adopts no fixed layout or style. It pushes news into a faster distribution pace.


This new media is creating a demand in getting the most updated news on the market. This certainly puts pressures on journalists. “With the invasion of WeiBo, journalists around the world are facing a tougher challenge,” Lee said.


Lee also reminded the audience about the disadvantages of WeiBo. As everyone could make up a news source, it is worthwhile to question whether it is a trustworthy source.


As the media atmosphere is currently changing, most of the speakers of the talk said that media should continuously keep questioning the allocation of journalism professionalism values, and how they can be modified to fit in today's new technology climate.

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