Media serving as a narrator

Individual narrative could change the way media tell the story

Individual narrative could change the way media tell the story

The media could be a platform into forming a theme connecting various elements from a news story. This could help readers in fully understanding the issue at hand in a coherent whole. This could be achieved when we allow people to have an individual narrative in the media. It could aid in a better understanding and even affect the standing of the media. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the media should portray the most real story but there should be a selection of reality wherein it could also serve as a deflection of reality. For example, in the coverage of environmental news story, majority of the time news outlet either selectively present damage or selectively expose commercial corruption leading to the damage. It has never been published any personal impacts or even explore the systematic problem of various plants. It has been intentionally left out by different news outlet.

Media could attract more audience

Media could attract more audience

The strategy of news agency has been failing due to the inability to make the audience connect to the environmental issues at hand. The audience could be easily swayed over the fact that maybe the priority should be the economy and not the protection of the environment. In order to resolve such failure of the media to engage audience, they could facilitate a better way of providing stories centering on a particular individual. The media should be able to formulate such framework wherein people could easily understand the various points of view of individuals who are willing to share their stories. The successful portrayal of various stories could lead to an audience capable of extrapolating the larger relationships, patterns and issues. The personal narrative could make the audience attracted into engaging with the issue due to an easier way of appealing to the emotional side of the person. Then the audience could further explore on the technicalities of the issues. As we see, the media could be a narrator who best arranges the stories that seem to be isolated to other people and make it useful to solving the various issues.

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