Project 3 – Interview with Adele Wong

April 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Adele’s profile on Fly Entertainment

Adele Wong is a Singaporean actress and host signed to Fly Entertainment, Singapore’s leading artiste management company that represents some of the region’s brightest Asian actors and actresses. She has been on a number of television shows and has starred in a Singaporean feature film that was nominated for  the Shanghai International Film festival in 2009. In this interview Adele talks about her career and the various aspects of being in the entertainment business.

Project 3 – Some Ideas

March 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

Idea 1 – North Korea – However, Professor Lockman and i agreed that, given the limited information/sources available and the amount of time left, doing a story on this subject can be a little tricky. This is no longer first choice but the possibility of working on this idea is still existent.

Idea 2 – Strange/unexplainable crimes and disappearances – A collection of true stories about bizarre events that to this day have not been solved

Idea 3 – Things that happen before and after death – A story on the various changes that can happen to the human body just before and after it stops operating

 

Project 2 – Interview with Yoshio Murakami (Revised)

March 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

In this day and age whereby the media has become more self-serving and exploitative with their subjects it can be unclear whose interests they really care about and are looking to protect, if at all. In this interview i talk to Mr. Murakami about some of his thoughts on to who journalists should be most accountable towards, what to do with information that is too dangerous to print but too significant to be kept from the people, and what his opinion of the future of online journalism is. Thanks for listening.

Interview with Yoshio Murakami

March 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

Review – Lynn’s Project 1

March 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

Lynn’s post on the funnies from 50-100 years ago is much appreciated; one cannot help but wonder about the differences between comics then and those of today, examples of which include Foxtrot and Baby Blues, if there are any at all.

Her choice of font for ‘The Funnies’ is befitting – the typeface has an Old Western/Wild West feel to it and there is little contrast between the words and the graphic strips. However, perhaps it would have been better if she had spaced out her titles and comics more and had added a black border around the strips so that the page would appear neater and thus be more attractive a page for readers

Lynn’s project was a relaxing read and is the perfect type of thing for one to look over before bed. .

Activity 2: Some Ideas

February 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

(Photo from FCCJ)

Yoshio Murakami is currently serving as special adviser to the International Herald Tribune (Japan Edition) and has interviewed many prominent political leaders, some of whom include Ronald Reagan and Kim Il-Sung. He was previously with the Asahi Shimbun and had worked as a Vietnam War correspondent and Bangkok Bureau Chief (covering Southeast Asia) during his 30 years with the news organization.

Here are a list of questions i intend to ask this highly experienced journalist:

-Who do you think journalists should be most accountable towards – to the public, to the government or to their own personal interests?

-How did you handle information that is too dangerous to print but too significant to be kept from the people?

-Are the risks journalists take in revealing a story worth it? Do you have any regrets about your career choice?

-What do you think the future of online journalism will be like?

Activity 1 – Abortion

February 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

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This is an article by The Day Book, dated 7th June 1915, chronicling an opposition to abortion. It may be somewhat disturbing to some that the writer termed the relevant doctors ‘professional abortionists’ instead of ‘physicians who perform abortions’ as readers could have been easily manipulated into forgetting that the very same physicians also saved lives – since they were not simply abortionists but were professionals, they must have had medical training and as medical professionals they would have first and foremost served to preserve the quality of life. Their status as health care providers should not have been compromised just because they chose to respect the wishes of women who wanted their pregnancies terminated.

Also, in only addressing ‘incompetent midwives’ who performed abortions, it remains somewhat unclear if the fight was solely against illegal abortionists or abortionists as a whole – if it was only targeted at those executing unauthorized operations then why were the professional abortionists involved? If it was to oppose abortion in general, why then was it stated that the fight was against ‘illegal operations?’ The writer had termed illegal abortions a ‘slaughter’ – brutal and violent killings. This comes across as a reasonable remark as it is easy to imagine unlicensed workers being rather unrefined about their ‘killings.’ However, if professional abortionists were part of the group being protested against, then ‘slaughter’ would have been too strong a word to be used across the board for their operations would have likely been done in the most humane way possible. Let’s not even get to the point about whether abortions are killings – what’s important is that it was unfair of the writer to have insinuated as such when he/she could have been politically correct about it. Unless, of course, this was an opinion piece, though from the formality of the writing it hardly seems like it.

What stands out the most is perhaps that of the usage of ‘afflicted’ – while the pregnant girls who did not wish to continue with their pregnancies were probably, and understandably so, in great distress, the writer was rather bold and presumptuous in assuming that he/she was of a position to label all pregnant girls seeking abortions during that period as afflicted. Is it unreasonable of me to think that the writer was likely a man? In my opinion, a female writer would not have  been as discriminatory and  as acerbic with her words for, no matter how different her circumstances, a woman is bound to feel for another woman when concerning the subject of childbirth or abortion.

It is interesting that, unlike today, health officials then were really just ‘health men’ – women have certainly come a long way in integrating into all sectors of the workforce and job titles have been changed to accommodate the involvement of women. The fact that women of wealth and status then possessed the privilege  of having their abortions kept secret reflects the kind of damage abortions could do to reputations a century back. While women today would still prefer to keep an operation of such nature secret, the odds of anyone having to go to the extent of lying about the reason behind their hospital admission are fewer and further between for abortions are no longer valid grounds for discrimination – no woman now has to worry about not being able to be employed just because she had made a personal, albeit controversial, decision.

In comparing this article to the politics of abortion in the news today, such as this article by the Associated Press dated 7th February 2012 (http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/abortion-birth-control-grab-political-spotlight-1.3512143), it is evident that much has changed for abortion in the United States as there are now pro-choice camps supporting women who choose to terminate perfectly healthy pregnancies. Furthermore, religious groups are more involved than ever in the fight against legalizing abortions and emergency contraception, such as the morning-after pill, is now considered to be of  utmost importance as it will prevent lesser women from being caught in a dilemma of how to do what is ‘right’ – a highly subjective notion since people hold different views and undergo different circumstances.