Hearts Aflame Reflection pt. 1

Have you ever felt like you’re just so overwhelmed with the amount of work that you have to do?

Do you ponder about why you took all of the work in the first place?

Do you feel like you’re stuck and you don’t enjoy your days?

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These couple of weeks had been stressful for me. I was stuck in the cycle of always doing something, either studying, working, chores. It felt endless.

And then I learnt these things from my church’s easter camp. The camp was not about managing stressful days. But I’ve learnt that in the end, you don’t have to be stressed since you have God on your side. And you can do things at your own pace.

*disclaimer: this post is not about Christianity*

Hope that by reading this article, it could help you get out of your stressful cycle as well 🙂

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So last weekend, I spent 4 days 3 nights away with my church on an easter camp.

To be honest, I went to the camp with trivial feelings, such as because of my friends, I want to get away, and a lot more other reasons. But going away on a camp, away from all my responsibilities is actually a good thing for me.

Without further ado, here are a few things I’ve learnt through my church’s easter camp:

  • If you don’t make time for it, you won’t have time for it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I was in a condition where I didn’t have any time for myself. I was jumping from an assignment to another, or to work that I have to do.

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But you have to realize that if you don’t make time for it, you won’t have any.

If you need some down time, be it going out to have lunch, watch a movie, play games, then do it. You are not a machine.

If you want to spend more time with your family, do it. If you think you want to know God better, do it.

 

  • Set your priorities right.

 

 

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In planning and taking up a job, think about your priorities.

 

Think about your end goals, what are you trying to achieve in the end? For example, if your goal is to get a good job, is getting the best result in school/university the best way to achieve it? Should you dedicate some time to gain experience, socialize and connect with people?

If you still don’t have a particular goal in mind, I suggest you to try thinking about it. It doesn’t have to be grand or big, it just have to be enough for you for now. What’s the most important thing for you? Your career, your family, God, etc?

By knowing your end goal, you then can start to plan your days, weeks, months ahead. What you should do now, what you don’t really have to do.

  • Know your limit.

Don’t take up too many work just because a good opportunity comes up. Jobs, works, opportunities will keep coming to you, but what you have to realize is where your limit is.

If you could only focus on one job at a time, then don’t push yourself too hard until you’re stressed out because it won’t be effective anyway. If you could do more, good for you.

As clichè as it could be, quality matters more than quantity.

  • Do it with all your might.

Obviously, without doing your best in whatever you’re doing any of these would just be a waste.

 

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You now know what your goals are, how you’re going to achieve them (by planning and doing what you can now) and where your limit is, now it’s time to execute the plan.

 

And without using 100 per cent of you, it would only stay as a
dream or a plan. To make it real, you have to do it.

Don’t worry about not reaching your targets, or failing. As long as you have done your best, you’ve pushed yourself as far as you could, you will have the best result.

It might not be the best result according to your preference now, but believe me when I say that it is the best.

 

In the end, it all comes back to you. What your goals are, where your limit is, how you do it. So, only you could get the exact same result as yourself. Don’t ever judge yourself as less than other people just because their result is “better” than yours.

Better is a relative word. It might look better now, but you’d never know how you’ll feel about it in the future.

As long as you’ve done your best, leave the rest of it to God.

Smartphone: The Swiss Army Knife of Journalists

According to Merriam Webster, smartphone is a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.

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Currently, almost everyone owns a smartphone – some even own more than one. Smartphone topped the 101 Gadgets That Changed the World list by the Popular Mechanics with its “limitless potential”.

Even now, smartphone already has so many functions which help not only the public, but also journalists.

In fact, up until now there are so many great journalism works made by smartphone. (For example)

Smartphone features – its mobility, camera and video functions, audio notes, editing and interconnectivity with the internet, have made smartphone a very convenient and efficient tool for journalists to carry around.

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Journalism has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Reporter’s job has now become more easy and comfortable. Gone are the days when one had to travel with a pen and a notebook while reporting a certain event. A smartphone now functions as both and helps you do wonders.

–  Insha Lateef, Reporter of Kashmir Observer

A smartphone now can do the work of so many tools. A work which had to be done by 3 to 4 people who have to utilise big equipment, can now be done by a single person with a small light smartphone.

Therefore, it is undeniable that smartphone is such a crucial tool for journalists.

The video below summarises the importance of smartphone for a journalist:

Solutions for Journalists: Go to ‘the Basic’

With the current technology, there are so many media where you could write/produce journalism.

Now you could produce journalism in almost every shape:

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Each of these media has their own characteristics, whether it is their lengths, their form, their audiences, or their appeals.

In order to produce the most suitable journalism for every medium, journalists cannot use ‘what usually works’, but journalists have to understand ‘what makes a strong story’ in the first place.

Journalists cannot rely on what usually works in the print, radio, or television. Instead, they should think creatively in utilising these new platforms to suit the audiences’ interests and preferences.

For example, a lifestyle journalist must understand their target audiences which are mainly youths and teenagers. As they spend most of their time on social media, it would be such a waste if journalists focused on writing for print only while there are opportunities in producing a piece on other platforms.

Take Yusuf Omar for example, a journalist at the Hindustan Times in India who is building the world’s largest in-house mobile journalism team. He thinks people can write more relatable stories with snapchat now.

So, journalists have to go back to the ‘basic’ and at the bottom of all journalism is its stories.

By understanding what makes a strong story, a journalist will have a foundation and know what the fundamentals are in making news newsworthy and to work creatively on other aspects.

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Are Journalists Getting More or Less Ethical?

In the video above, John Oliver talked about the condition of current and future journalism.

With the news consumption shifts to free, internet-based and 24/7 cycle news, the news corporations are like sinking boats.

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How could it not, with its revenue slowly (but accelerating) going down and more and more journalists got laid off?

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Just like John has said in the video, news corporations are now shifting to online content, click-bait headlines while thinking twice to write investigative piece.

But in this era where it is easy and free to get information/news, are journalists being more or less ethical?

LESS, it’s all just about click counts and money

In the video, John illustrated how click counts are being more and more prioritised.

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The illustration took us to a situation where an editor has to choose to either report about a corruption case in the Boston city hall or a debate on a cat which looks like a racoon or vice versa.

Obviously, for the purpose of humour the editor chose the Ra-Cat (Racoon Cat) piece. But what if the news corporations actually changed into that kind of corporations? Can we actually trust them to report about stuff that matter?

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MORE, they can’t lie to us now

Verifying anything on the news comes very easily now with the internet and social media.

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You can almost find any information confirming or contradicting the news. And now with the citizen journalists posting on blogs and social media, anything suspicious will come to people’s attention.

Therefore, why worry about the journalists’ ethics and ideals? Anyone with poor ethics and low ideals will be eliminated automatically.

 

So, do you think journalists are getting more or less ethical? Comment your answer below 🙂

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