JoongAng named exemplary mediaNaver.com, Korea’s largest Internet portal, selected JoongAng Daily, MBC, Media Today, Blotter.net and KBS World as the most “exemplary” media organizations among 80 media outlets providing newscast services at the portal site.
According to the announcement from Naver yesterday, a seven-member committee that monitors newscast service operations at the site met earlier this month and selected the five news providers for not having received any user complaints since last November, when the committee started the monitoring. The committee is comprised of local professors and experts in journalism, mass communication, law and advertising. In January 2009, Naver started its newscast service, which lets news media display their latest headlines on the portal’s front-page screen. Users are sent directly to an organization’s Web site when its headlines are clicked.
As companies compete to grab public attention, many have been criticized for using overly sensational headlines and photos - generally sexual ones - or articles with a heavy advertising tone. In February, the committee said Chosun Ilbo, Hankyoreh and Sports Donga received the most complaints.
By Jung Ha-won [email@example.com]