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Sohn Seok-hee, “The appearance of the media in power to protect the dominant system”

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Former JTBC main news anchor Sohn Seok-hee delivered a keynote speech under the theme of ‘Back to daily life, back to the essence of journalism’ at the main event of Journalism Week hosted by the Korea Press Foundation on the 28th. This is the first time he has been on a public podium since he left the ‘Newsroom’ after the New Year’s discussion in January of last year.

Sohn Suk-hee said, “The first thing you learn when you study journalism is the theory of gatekeepers. We call journalists the gatekeepers of information. Above that is an organization called media. (By the way) It is questionable whether such a basic journalism theory will work in a divided world.” He said, “I was concerned and worried that the gatekeepers of the legacy media might have become objects of spectacle rather than playing an actual role like the gatekeepers of an old palace.”

Son Seok-hee said, “Television is collapsing in a person’s life. Journalism in the digital media age is often unfamiliar. After defining himself as an existence unfamiliar with the fragmentation of media, personalization of truth, and the consequent confirmation bias era, “postmodernism in the past is today’s post-truth (post-truth) digitized name. We are going to a situation where the standards are being dismantled.”

Specifically, “postmodernism seems to have been the main point of resistance to the existing authority, but at the time, it was said that there is no truth to be provided by the media in the extreme criticism of the traditional governance structure that distributes information on the mass media.” After that, as the digital version of postmonism called ‘post-truth’ spread, the influence of today’s mass media decreased.

Son Seok-hee said, “Individuals have come to have the means to oppose the existing media, and YouTube has become a representative weapon of resistance.” Still, he was not pessimistic about the future of journalism. Son Seok-hee said, “Even 100 years ago, the biggest issue in journalism was factionalism and commercialism. Even at that time, there was not only partisan and sensational media. If there is an action, there is a reaction. In the end, the media of Jeong-ron will also find a way to live.”

Sohn Seok-hee said, “It is a matter of choice for the media who must survive in the market, but (for now) the media of Jeong-ron can only prove that they can survive in the market, and hope that other media will also pursue it.” he emphasized. “It may be a way to survive by exchanging very commercial and sensational journalism with journalism in its original sense, but such journalism is already being supplied free of charge,” he said. I think we have a civil society to consume,” he said.

▲Son Seok-hee, former anchor of JTBC’s main news. ⓒJTBC

He then introduced his journalism principle, ‘You can exercise for journalism, but don’t do journalism for the sake of movement’ and said, “This is probably the idea I have had since I was in the MBC union. If we cannot do political journalism in the midst of various social contradictions, we can be angry for that journalism, but on the contrary, our journalism has become politicized, so I thought it was not right to exercise as one with political and economic power.” emphasized that

‘Son Seok-hee’s JTBC’ is being evaluated as having successfully implemented △ agenda keeping, △contextual journalism, and △fact checking in the domestic media industry. In the keynote speech on this day, ‘Agenda keeping’ was particularly emphasized. Sohn Suk-hee said, “The basic role of the media is to set an agenda, and if there is an agenda we need beyond that, it is very important to keep it.” △ I pinched the fatigue. After reporting on the Sewol ferry disaster for over 200 days in the past, I thought it was a very difficult task. ), maybe I’ll be able to stand it up.”

Then, in an interview with Alain de Von a few years ago, he suggested, ‘You shouldn’t be afraid of bias. There is no perfect unbiased, so how about a good bias?’ (I agree with the usual proposal) to some extent.” He explains that ‘good questions’ are necessary for ‘good bias’, and that humanism and democracy should be the main values ​​of the media for good questions. Sohn Suk-hee said, “In the past, when we were discussing, ‘I want to be a humanist regardless of left or right,’ so they said ‘humanism is the basis of the left’. That’s why I said that ‘the right wing is also based on humanism’. So is democracy. It is not easy to keep these two things.”

To younger journalists, he said, “You have to have a problem-consciousness to raise a problem, and when you raise a problem, a problem can be solved. This process should be very wise and reasonable. Extremism should be wary of,” he said. This is a scene that indirectly expresses concerns about the media from the camp called ‘Haejangguk Journalism’ (Kang Jun-man). To the news users, he said, “If you can at least leave partisan interests, and sometimes very bravely watch how economic interests leave, you will find good journalism.”

Sohn Seok-hee said this, referring to the media that ‘already have vested interests’. “Aren’t (some media) efforts to protect the social structure that has already become the dominant system in order to protect their vested interests? Because if it breaks, their survival becomes difficult. That’s what the media looks like. Since countless fake news pouring out here coexist in the media ecosystem, my story may sound ideal. But we came together to overcome it.”

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