Journalists


1. A journalist is supposed to ask questions.

2. There is no tough or easy question - a question is a question.

3. Questions are asked in a bid to seek clarification. If the article / content is unclear, the readers / viewers will not be able to understand and appreciate the narrative better. In short, it's best to be clear when communicating.

4. Here's an example: "Why is the Podium Programme Enhancement Committee's report, which was submitted last September, still kept under wraps?"

5. Here's an example of a possible answer to the question above: "We take note of the findings of the committee. In the spirit of fair play, we are in the midst of gathering feedback and/or information from the parties mentioned in the report before we make the report public. Rest assured, steps are already being taken to address the contents of the report and we will reveal it soon, together with the justification from the respective parties and our steps in moving forward."

6. Asking a question (or more) doesn't mean one has "ill-intentions" or "is trying to be negative". Asking a question is all about trying to understand a particular subject better (#justasking, #justsaying).

7. Some may ask: "Why can't you ask something else?" "Why can't you just report it as it is?" 

8. My reply will be: Don't confuse journalism with public relations. 

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