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'Newspapers, TV and radio know they have to cover the elections differently this time around': Commentary #sgelections

It is early days yet but two defining media moments have already popped up to demonstrate the influence of the Internet in next week's General Election. One, the publication of a wide-angle shot of the large crowd at the Workers' Party (WP) rally in Hougang in The Straits Times on Friday. Would this photograph have seen the light of day if not for an intrepid blogger's similar, and now famous, shot in the 2006 elections? Back then, a grainy picture of the final WP rally, taken from a similar angle by Mr Alex Au, shook up cyberspace and caused a lot of media soul-searching. The Straits Times had a similar photograph but used it only a few days after the elections. By then, Mr Au's photograph had gone viral, seen by one and all, forcing many to ask why the mainstream media had not used it. The incident exposed the pressure the online world can put on the traditional media to...

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