Most readers realize that media recently have been focusing mainly on sensational events. First, We can easily find news on ‘Dongguk University (DU)’ in the newspapers almost everyday. Few Donggukians would be glad to read the articles headlined with our school's name. The media are very busy criticizing DU's disgraced former professor, Shin Jeong-ah, and the attitude of our school in dealing with the scandal. Yes, we do not want to read these articles and we do know our school's faults. But, some dirty and provocative titles of the articles make us knit our brows. What are the problems?
Plenty of major newspapers focused on Shin Jeong-ah's private life. In order to ignite sensation, they even carry articles titled “Shin Jeong-ah's Life Full of Mysteries” and "Nude Photos Reignite Shin Jeong-ah Drama." The Munhwa Ilbo, a major newspaper, printed two pictures alongside an article with the headline: "Nude Photos of Shin Jeong-ah Discovered in a High Ranking Official's Home" in its September 13 issue. It was shocking and offensive to the readers. "I got shocked when I read the article about Shin's Nude Photo," said a reporter of the feminist magazine 'Ilda.' Since that report, all we have been reading about is her private life and background check. She is now more famous than any Korean celebrities.
Secondly, the press ignored 'Lee Myung-bak's comments disparaging Women.' His words were ignored because of the Shin Jeong-ah's scandal. Isn't this a dereliction of reporter´s duty? The presidential election is in December and reporters should inform the citizens. It is their right to know.
The press is like a little baby's mother. A mother influences how her baby thinks. Like a mother, the press can influence the readers in many ways.
Therefore, the press should not pander to readers' curiosity. The press has to realize what most readers should know and direct their attention to the right way. The Dongguk Post also should keep this significant point in mind.
Cho Ryeo-jin firstname.lastname@example.org
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