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“My job is to provide the news and facts about events that happen in this country as fast as possible to the readers,” Praphorn Praphornkul, told student reporters Sam and Jessy
Khun Pop (Praphorn Praphornkul) gets ready to post another breaking news story. Photo by JESSY DAHL
Breaking News with Khun Pop
Today we had a chance to talk to Khun Pop (Praphorn Praphornkul), the breaking news specialist at the Bangkok Post. We had an interesting chat with him about what he does, and how he ended up in this company. Remarkably, he became a leading journalist in only three years time.
Jessy: What exactly do you do in the breaking news section?
Pop: The main purpose of my job is to provide the news and facts about events that happen in this country as fast as possible to the readers, especially the English and international readers. My news section covers politics, social issues, and economics.
Sam: What is the most interesting story that you have covered for breaking news?
Pop: The most interesting thing that I’ve covered was probably the red shirt riots, which included the multi-coloured shirt rallies, and the red shirts organizing the blood sacrifice ceremony. Also, it has been interesting covering the signs with the animals on them that the yellow shirts have put up during this election campaign.
One of the more memorable up-to-the-minute stories for Khun Pop were the red-shirt blood rituals, this one outside the Democrat party headquarters. Photo by PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Jessy: Have you made any mistakes while covering a story?
Pop: Of course, our team has made some mistakes – with numbers, for example. Since we cover breaking news, one of our main problems is speed, how fast we can get the news out. Sometimes you get the facts but the facts are not confirmed yet, but we might try to put the story up first, before our competitors. Consequently, sometimes the figures are wrong, but we do make corrections later.
Sam: How long have you been at the Bangkok Post?
Pop: About three and half years. I worked at channel 11, and at a radio station, Radio Thailand, and before that I worked for Thai Airways.
Sam: What inspired you to become a journalist?
Pop: Well, the job is to get the facts out to the people, and one of my main jobs is to let the people know what is going on in this country. The Thai people know what’s going on, but it’s the foreigners who don’t.
Jessy: What is the most challenging thing of all?
Pop: Speed and accuracy, mostly to get things done on time and for the story to be accurate.
Sam: What would you say would be your favorite part of your job?
Pop: The challenge itself. You have to be alert and focused because sometimes additional things happen and if you put the stories out, they would not be breaking news anymore.
Sam: How long does it usually take you to finish a story?
Pop: It depends on the news, and the details of the news itself. Sometimes, you get short news, and it takes about half an hour to wait for the facts. Sometimes there are interviews and you have to wait longer. On average though, to do a regular news story, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes. But if the story is about something like the economy, I might use some specific terms so it might take somewhere from 20 to30 minutes.
specialist – a person who is an expert in a particular area of work or study ผู้ชำนาญเฉพาะทาง
remarkably – in a way that is unusual and surprises or impresses you อย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ใจ
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
issue – matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about ประเด็น
riot – a violent protest by a group of people ความไม่สงบ การจลาจล
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
sacrifice – the act of offering something to a god การบวงสรวง,การบูชายัญ, การสังเวย
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
competitor – a person, team or company that is competing against others ผู้แข่งขัน, คู่แข่ง
consequently – as a result; therefore ดังนั้น
figure – a number representing a particular amount, especially one given in official information ตัวเลข, จำนวนเลข
inspire – to give people a particular feeling or a desire to do somethng จุดประกาย
accuracy – the state of being exact or correct; the ability to do something skilfully without making mistakes ความแม่นยำ
alert – able to think quickly; quick to notice things ตื่นตัว, ตั้งท่า, เตรียมพร้อม
focused – alert; with your attention directed to what you want to do; with very clear aims เพ่งความคิด, ตื่นตัว
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
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