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Clickbait news a threat to journalism

Update : 14 May 2017, 02:11 AM
Media personalities have said clickbait news is a threat to journalistic ethics, with journalists in need of training in responsible journalism. They made this statement at a roundtable discussion on “Online Journalism and Social Responsibility,” organised by Bangla Tribune, held on saturday at the Bangla Tribune office conference hall. Bangla Tribune Chief Reporter Udisa Islam presented the keynote speech. The media outlet’s Head of News Harun ur Rashid oversaw the event. Speakers included Dhaka University Department of Television and Film Studies Professor Abu JM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, Shaptahik Editor Golam Mortoza, Prothom Alo Overseas Edition Editor Selim Khan, blogger and online activist Arif Jebtik, Banglanews24.com Head of News Mahmood Menon Khan, Bangla Tribune Head of Marketing Bonna Mirza and bdnews24.com Head of News Gazi Nasir Uddin Khokon. The speakers said: “Online media has become powerful in Bangladesh and worldwide as well. Our news media should maintain accuracy, transparency and morality and, make certain they fulfill their responsibilities. For this to happen, proper training on journalism is needed.” Prof Bhuiyan said: “Some of our online news media publish incorrect information due to intense competition. Everyone should first confirm what is true and then publish.” Prothom Alo’s overseas editor said: “To establish a news media outlet, impartiality, honesty, and trustworthiness are important. There is no basic difference between print and online journalism. Journalistic ethics are the same in all media.” Blogger Arif said: “I see three types of responsibility involved in the media: Organisational, state, and community responsibility. I believe a single policy is needed for all media in the country and every journalist needs to be properly trained.” The head of news at Banglanews24.com said: “We need to talk more about quality journalism. Also, the people of this country still lack a clear idea about online media.” The Shaptahik editor said: “Some media outlets have only a single person running their online news portal. This person carries out the duties of an editor, publisher, and reporter. On the other hand, sometimes the public misjudges Facebook posts and news as the same thing.” He strongly opposes the government’s online policy, and said: “Sometimes the policy appears to be terrifying to the public, case in point Article 57.” The bdnews24.com Head of News Nasir Uddin Khokon: “Many of us worry about mistakes in online news, but they will be solved as time progresses. Nonetheless, we do need to train our journalists.”
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