In today’s world, the growing amount of news and information on media continue to influence public opinion. News editors are responsible for publishing news; however, political pressure, Target Rating Points (TRPs), and editorial bias could influence an editor’s decision. I think that for sanity to prevail, more good news should be published than bad news.
There are several factors which influence news editors’ decisions about what to broadcast or print. Foremost, acting in accordance with the media house policy, most news editors contest for the highest TRPs—a ranking based on number of viewers—which directly translates into huge advertisement revenues. Furthermore, political influence may bear down on an editor’s decision and coerce him or her into publishing news that serves a particular political agenda. News stories serving extremist political ideologies can cause mass public disorder in a country. Lastly, a news editor’s personal belief and opinion or compliance with the ‘house style’ can lend a news story a different perspective. Many media houses are either pro-government or anti-government, or pro-military or anti-mitliary, and therefore, news editors have to adhere to a particular policy;hence, influencing news.
Persistent consumption of bad news could influence people’s behaviour and attitudes. A constant barrage of bad news could devoid a society of mercy and turn individuals into apathetic, and loathsome people. Though bad news may garner more views, media houses should encourage policy making that puts good and pleasant news first. Broadcasting good news would help to spread empathy, peace and tolerance in a society. Moreover, good news is also responsible for a friendly image of a country internationally. Publishing more good news about a country may encourage tourism and international investment; thereby, creating more opportunities of employment.
In conclusion, news editors are influenced by several factors in their decisions to publish news. I think that good news, which acts in the benefit of the public at large, should be published more frequently than bad news.