Are Descriptive Writing Patterns Still Relevant in News Elections Reporting in Malaysia?


This paper discusses the journalist writing patterns from the perspective of a journalist in presenting information primarily in political issue. The discussion is divided according to the research questions arising from previous studies such as relevance of conventional news writing, use of the concept in interpretive writing and perspective on political news reporters. Some scholars are still doing research to understand the concept of interpretive especially in the writing of journalists in conveying information to the public on an issue and is associated with several descriptive concepts in retaining the old way of outright to report any issues with using the concept 5W1H. Definition pattern interpretive report led to analyze, evaluate, and explain the development, and not just to limit the mere fact. While the old pattern is defined as a reporter writing a descriptive report, in which the journalist clearly explained the events, where journalists had to stick to the facts and left the speculation and interpretation to the reader. However, the pattern writing is often associated with the role of journalists in framing an issue in their news reporting, particularly issues relating to politics. In-depth interviews conducted against five journalists for writing a pattern phenomenon and their role in the delivery of election information in the news. The study found that the patterns of conventional writing are still used by the issues to be conveyed. Even journalists try to analyze political news presented by issues that can attract audiences without leading to any particular political party.

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Mohd Zuwairi Mat Saad, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

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Conference: MediAsia2016
Stream: Journalism

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