Monday, May 05, 2008

A Head Banged In!

Now, how should I begin this? After my last entry and with my friends kindly enough contributing thoughts and ideas, I may put everyone's hopes - and myself - too high. Perhaps it was the exposure I had in advertising agencies and other offices which led me to think the Harakah Brainstorming Session that was held earlier today, would be similar. In a way it was. But in many ways, it was not. A point to be taken into consideration, is that I was invited only for the morning to afternoon session. Thus, I really cannot say for certain the outcome. Whatever, towards the end of the morning session, I had a feeling that I really should go bang my head against the nearest wall.

The morning started off with 2 invited speakers, which perhaps I would be wiser not to name them as a precaution against any snooping eyes from the Sarkas people or the Sarkas Branch. Won't say much about their talk as - forgive me - they were not convincing enough for me. Further, as they come from rival publication, my instinct tells me not to trust them. The organiser would have done better had they invited media personalities such Tan Sri Kadir and even RPK (though he was invited much earlier to give a different talk). Speaking of the man, RPK had just texted a message as below:

"I have been ordered to surrender at the Jln Duta magistrate court 9.30am 2moro, Tue, to be chagred for sedition" Petra.
Thus, anyone who would like to give him moral support, insyAllah, I'll see you guys tomorrow.

Back to the sesion. Soon after the 2 talks, participants were then invited to voice their opinions on how to further improve Harakah and make it more appealing to the public. More than half took turns at the microphone as did that cakapaje guy. Without any credibility as a reporter, he went shooting his mouth off, but luckily not like a six-shooter. Having received tips from Ahmad Lutfi to 'jack' the staff first, cakapaje then pointed out the weaknesses of the print as well as the on-line daily, as mentioned by Elviza in her comments. He later put forward everyone's suggestions, but the one which was particularly well-received was the suggestion for a consumer pull-out, giving special attention to the daily needs of the people especially with the looming food crises and possibility of another hike in oil prices. When everyone was done with, Ahmad Lutfi (AL) then began to talk of his views for Harakah.

One of the things AL mentioned was that Harakah is in a unique position. It is not a daily paper, relying on the sale of its twice a month tabloid to generate income. Yet it provides daily news quite like M'kini, which does not have a paper of its own, and generate income via its English news site. For its print edition, Harakah would have to include many of the news which is produced free. In other words, they are stale news for the Internet savvy readers.

AL does intend to have a subscribed daily news section similar to M'kini, but on a different scale - to provide the subscribers with quality read which may either be news or articles of noteworthy read. However, to do that, Harakah would need to invest in new technologies as well as reporter staff. That, is the main setback - Harakah is not a cash rich organisation. Its income was severely affected by the twice monthly restriction ruling by Sarkas Dalam Negeri, from the twice weekly sales it enjoyed prior to that.

As I mentioned earlier, I was only present for the morning session and that was all to it. InsyAllah, I will keep everyone abreast of any latest development, particularly regarding the suggestions everyone had given.

Now, this is the part where I feel the need to bang my head in - for seemingly disappointing my friends with high expectations yesterday. Please forgive me.

ps. Point to note: The BS was organised by SIASAH which had their session in a different room, totally removed from Harakah.


Kata Tak Nak said...

If you feel like banging your head let it be a useful exercise, bang it against some sarkas head, that would be fruitful.

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Hmm...I'll try to do that tomorrow morning at the Jalan Duta Magistrate Court.

Anonymous said...

Hello cakapaje. I don't know if this is the correct way to post a comment on someone's blog since I have not really acquired the technique. But I'm really the guy who sat next to you in that Harakah brainstorming session which you have exclusively mentioned in this particular posting. I won't know if the session were to change anything in principle as far as Harakah & are concerned (since I was neither invited for the afternoon session), but I certainly hope the two sessions would do some good for the publications and those who are directly and indirectly involved.
Like you, I can talk onlylah (although more often than not I rather keep my lips tight). Since Harakah and its online version are being used to redirect public opinion from its standard version to favour PAS, therefore the party leaders need to view them in a fresher perspective. Thus, cutting the analysis short - you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
Anyway...nice meeting you today. Like you, I left right after lunch to proceed with another "row row the boat" things.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

like i said la shah, in order to improve Harakah, it needs to be published more regularly than the current one. it'll defnitely generate more income and readers would be happier. but then again, it may be easier than to apply for it. with blogs around, the last thing they want is for Harakah to gain more and more readers.

mOEha Aziz said...

salam shah,

first n foremost, u have not disappoint me. u made me proud.

secondly, changes need space and consume a lot of time. at least something has started. rome was not made i a single day... :)

finally, i would love to go tomorrow n observe, still i wont b able to make... my prayer insyaallah will b lingering there

acciaccatura said...

salam shah,
saya pernah dalam keadaan ini dulu. saya hampir putus asa sehingga selepas lima tahun, bertukarnya orang dari pihak tertentu, yang tertarik dengan cadangan saya.
sabar berserta doa yang sangat tu, inshaAllah shah.

jaflam said...

Salam shah,
Not to worry you have said your piece. To change mindset was never easy and will take times and energy.

Perjuangan itu adalah satu perjalanan yang jauh, ramai yang gugur dalam perjalanan,namun perjuangan akan terus hidup dengan api yang telah dinyalakan.

cakapaje said...

Salam Sharizad Lifeboat,

Yes, this is the correct way to leave comments on blogs. And I quite agree with your comments.

Bro, its time for you to get your own blog. If need be, I can assist you there :)

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Like I mentioned in the posting lah bro, its not Harakah does not want - it can't! The Kementererian Sarkas Dalam Negeri has yet to approve of its application!

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Muha,

Bro, I now know why I liked you the first time I went to your blog - you are a much wiser man than many :)

Thanks Muha :)

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Accia,

Sememangnya saya banyak bersabar sehingga makan diri sendiri. Tapi ye lah, kuasa itu hanya pada Allah, dan hanya Dia yang menentukan jaya atau tidak sesatu perjuangan atau permohonan itu. Kalau ya, Alhamdulillah, semoga dengan keredhoanNya; kalau tidak, Alhamdulillah juga, kerena Dia Maha Mengetahui dan Menyayangi.

Terima kasih atas kata kata itu :)

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Dato',

Benar bagai dikatakan. InsyAllah, saya tetap akan berjuang. Biar padam obor olimpik, namun tidak api perjuangan :)

Terima kasih.

tokasid said...

Salam Shah:

What is important here is you have participated in the Brainstorming session and had given a point r two for them to ponder.

Its good if some of the things suggested by you and others are taken into consideration.
At the end of the day it is the Harakah editorial's decision that will or will not make the difference.

But I do hope Harakah as PAS mouthpiece(just like Utusan and berita is to UMNO)will not be like Utusan and Berita. Harakah despite 'selling' PAS and Pakatan Rakyat must not overkill BN and UMNO like what the MSM did to Pakatan Rakyat.

As che'gu said: you bang it against sarkas heads...I am inviting you to Melaka for we have lots of sarkas heads.LOL!

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Doc,

Alamak! Terperanjat den tengok gambar baru tu! Memula ingat tok guru persilatan mana entah! lol!

I like the word 'overkill' as you used it. Yes, that is one thing we should not. Thanks Doc.