ROLES AND FUNCTION OF MEDIA IN DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

ROLES AND FUNCTION OF MEDIA IN DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

The media is a tool to educate the voters, giving them facts, news and balanced opinions about how the government run and managed. It is vital to have well-informed voters in a democratic society to ensure the accountable and responsible government. Well informed society should be able to make rational choices, making sure that the government works as the people wants. (Abie Zaidannas, )

imagesMedia comes and broaden its range to the fact that our daily lives has become affected by it. Our different aspects in life such as social, physical, emotional, behavioral and even such rights we must enjoy like education, speech, communication, justice are widely simulated by media. Here are some ways on how media affects our democratic society:

Media also act as the watchdog for the government in a democratic society by facilitating the people to articulate their views, demands and aspiration. The media usually is a powerful way to make sure the decision makers working in line with the voters’ interests, keeping the politicians and public officials in check. The media should be independent and should not be intervened or influenced by the government. Otherwise, media will be an effective tool to misinformed or dis informed the society, making them as a tool of propaganda instead of educating the voters. -Jonalyn Ambrocio

Media act as a catalyst for democracy and development, helping to make public participation meaningful .If media is honest and committed in its job, democracy is bound to function more efficiently and the loopholes present in any democratic system can certainly be plugged to the fullest satisfaction of the people. On the contrary, if media is biased, corrupt and favours only a particular party or few individuals, it can prove to be very dangerous for the smooth functioning of democracy. – Marinell Alconaba

the role of media in a democratic society is very important because, it is the tool to educate the voters, giving them facts, news and balanced opinions about how the government run and managed. It is vital to have well-informed voters in a democratic society to ensure the accountable and responsible government. Well informed society should be able to make rational choices, making sure that the government works as the people wants. – Marlo Amaro

Media plays important roles in a democratic society and could not be separated from the democracy itself. Ideally, the media is a tool to educate the voters, giving them facts, news and balanced opinions about how the government run and managed. It is vital to have well-informed voters in a democratic society to ensure the accountable and responsible government. Well informed society should be able to make rational choices, making sure that the government works as the people wants. – Vanessa Alosnos

FUNCTIONS OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA

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1. Monitoring Function – inform citizens of what is happening around them.

Example: In times of natural disasters, war, health scares, etc. Broadcast media (TV Patrol, 24Oras and etc.)

2. Information function – educate the audience as to the meaning and significance of the “facts”; ability of the media to teach the various norms, rules and values.

Example: Watching educative or documentary shows/programs like Matanglawin, Ancient X files, Super Book, Mathtinik and etc. (Broadcast Media).

3. Opinion function– provide a platform for public political discourse, facilitating the formation of “public opinion” and feeding that opinion back to the public from whence it came.

Example: Political forums like debates, hearings and speeches.

4. Watchdog role of journalism – give publicity to governmental and political institutions.

Examples: Pork Barrel scandal(Bantay Kaban , GMA special report). Bayan Mo Ipatrol Mo (ABS-CBN election coverage) and SONA media coverage

5. Serve as the channel for the advocacy of political viewpoints.

 

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