What Is 5N1K?
Ajournalistic term, ‘5N1K,’ that contains the questions of what, when, where, how, why, and who that constitute the elements of a news piece, is not just a concept that journalists need. Journalists of course must remain loyal to this term but politicians are the other group who should hold on to the principles of that term. In fact, let’s take a step further and say that a significant amount of lay people on the streets have already internal
ized it, although they do not know the name of it.
Citizens are looking at economic promises within the framework of ‘5N1K.’ Let’s say that the answer to the question ‘who’ is obvious, whoever in power will do it. But when important gaps in ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘where,’ ‘how’ and ‘ why’ questions are seen, citizens hesitate to vote blindly.
Especially the question of ‘ how’ is very important. Whether in power or in opposition, the promises of the politicians are excellent. Most of these promises may be realized, but we can not be sure about it. Because we can not get a healthy answer to the ‘how’ question.
Seeking an answer for the question of ‘when’ is also very important. You can make unlimited promises if you do not mention any timing. Some of our friends and readers who think that we know a lot, sometimes ask these questions:
“Will the dollar exchange rate reach TRY 10? What do you think?”
“Yes,” I answer, “It can be.” A smile is spread on the face of the person who has the currency. The ones with foreign currency debt frown, but after a few seconds, the second crucial question comes:
“So, when?” “If I knew, I would be rich!” This is how the answer to the question ‘when’ is important.
For this reason, it may be useful to be cautious about the politicians who have great promises but do not offer any details about their timeline.