JAKARTA, PRINDONESIA.CO – The statement above was stated by Asmono Wikan, Secretary General of the Union of Press Media Company (SPS) in the 2019 Media Crisis Handling & Photojournalism workshop in Jakarta on Friday (6/12/2019). In the training attended by the BNI Strategic Management Region and Performance Channeling Region employees, Asmono who is also the founder and CEO of PR INDONESIA said that advertising does not necessarily make the corporation free from negative news.
According to him, news is related to news value, while advertising is a corporate container to greet the target audience. “The cooperation between the two parties does not necessarily make advertising becomes a dialogue channel to mask negative news,” he added.
There are two factors of negative news about corporations that circulate in the media. First, public demand for the news. Second, the interest of the media itself. Of course, different factor requires a different response from PR.
To deal with the first factor, Asmono said that PR must first understand how the media works. Actually, media works for the public interest. The media must also verify before publishing news. In addition, they must meet the elements of cover both sides, which means the balance between the parties involved in the news.
If there is a mistake in the news writing, the corporation can ask for a correction right to the related media. If the mistake can harm the reputation, the corporation also has the right to answer. In fact, the corporation can submit a complaint directly to the Press Council.
Meanwhile, to deal with the second factor, PR practitioners must be brave enough to say that they understand how the media works. “Media works according to the Press Law and the Journalistic Code of Ethics. If a violation occurs, it will be processed ethically by the Press Council,” he said.
If the negative information written by the media proves to be untrue, it can threaten the reputation of the media itself. If this happens, there may be not a company that wants to work with that media anymore because it has proven to be not credible.
Conversely, negative new also cannot be used by the media as a signal for advertising. Therefore, Asmono advised that PR practitioners must regularly visit the media. If possible, PR practitioners should hold regular meetings with the media officials to explain the background of issues that might be related to the company. Thus, there will be no misperception in the future. (rvh)