Is every perspective on a news story equally important?

I agree with the statement ‘ Every perspective on a news story is equally important’.

One reason I believe this is important is because hearing everyone’s perspective makes the story clearer and helps you understand why one person might think something else compared to another person’s thoughts. For example, in Myanmar, a Rohingya refugee said that the military were the problem and that they were making the rest of the refugees flee their camps. Coming from a first hand perspective, this is probably true. On the other hand, Aung San Suu Kyi has said that it wasn’t the military even though she hasn’t experienced the situation. This shows that every perspective is important because people who haven’t experienced the situation first hand sometimes unintentionally give information that isn’t true different to the first hand perspective. Putting all perspectives together give the situation clarity.

Another reason it’s important is because if you don't hear everyone's perspective it can lead to assumptions and it isn’t fair to only hear from one or some of them. For example the people of Myanmar are getting impatient with Aung San Suu Kyi as she has not acted upon her word about handling the refugee crisis. Although they may be right for being impatient, they might not have thought about her perspective and what she may be facing behind the scenes. They most likely made assumptions that everything was fine with her and she wasn’t experiencing anything. How do we know that Aung isn’t facing any problems? This shows that every perspective is important because it can allow you to put yourself in someone else's shoes so you dont assume things and so you can understand why or why not things may be happening. On the contrary: do some perspectives lie? Why?

It is vital to remember not to be swayed by one person’s perspective just because they are the more powerful party; likewise, it is also important not to be more convinced by someone’s perspective because they are the victim. It is about creating your own well-rounded opinion by weighing up the perspectives of both/all parties involved.

I have used the 5 BNC skills:

Curiosity: I have asked a question (‘ do some perspectives lie?)

Sceptical: I have challenged information that may apply to the refugees and the public (‘ how do we know that Aung isn’t facing any problems?)

Reasoning: I gave reasons for my opinions on whether everyone’s perspectives are important or not (‘ because hearing everyone’s perspective makes the story clearer’)

Storytelling: I told the current crisis of the Myanmar refugees fleeing (‘the military were the problem and they were making the rest of the refugees flee their camps’)

Open- mindness: I was able to think about Aung’s point of view and the refugee’s point of view ( ‘although they may be right for being impatient’ ‘They might not have thought about her perspective’ )

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