The Art of Journalism
By CHELSEA SHOOBRIDGE
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Journalism is defined as writing designed for publication in newspapers and magazines. Journalists use art to bring stories off the page whilst artists adopt reporting techniques to address social issues. Journalists are creative in their writing the same way an artist expresses their artworks. For journalists, the art of writing involves the words chosen by the writer which they put together and how the whole idea works. For artists, it is a similar scenario, some artists prefer to use a variety of different objects whilst others prefer to use different types of paints, oils and other liquid substances. No matter how the artists puts their piece together, the variety of colours and objects have been chosen and put that way which all work well together.
Helene Stapinski, New York times journalist and author went to New York University and received her B.A. in journalism in 1987 and in 1995 received her MFA from Columbia. Murder in Matera, Five-Finger discount and baby plays around are just three of Helene’s six books that are well-known and familiar. Helene has also written a wide-range of articles including “The Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe”, “Discovering the ruins of Italy’s Ionian coast” and “Arthur Miller’s Brooklyn” these are only three of the ten amazing articles that have been written by Helene. Helene lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Helene started off her career at her hometown newspaper, The jersey journal. Helene’s articles and books are truly a work of art to say the least, the text positions the reader in a place where they can imagine what it would be like if you were at the scene.
Journalism explores the ways to convey messages, opinions and news through writing articles, articles for newspapers, magazines etc. also preparing a product for news to be broadcasted. Journalists such as Dan Rather, Barbara Walters and Carl Bernstein are examples of journalists who prepare news for broadcasting — either to be presented by themselves or to be given to others. When an article or a news report is being written, originality and ingenuity is needed so the reader or viewer is interested in the text.
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Beth Rudin DeWoody, born in 1952 is an American art patron, collector, curator and philanthropist. Beth was born into a Jewish family and is the daughter of Gladye and Lewis Rudin. DeWoody first started working as a production assistant on movies such as Hair and Annie Hall. After marrying artist, James DeWoody she began to get deeply involved in the SoHo art scene where she began to nurture young contemporary artists such as E.V. Day and Tom Sachs. Beth DeWoody’s New York collection is amazing and astounding. Throughout the apartment the paintings, sculptures and other artworks are created by an array of different artists. The image below is an image taken inside the living room of Beth’s New York collection.
Art causes people to look a little closer. To look closer at the social issues, at other people and their emotions, at the environment that surround them, and the everyday objects and life forms around them. It helps them see what is there but not easily perceived. The artist brings out that which cannot be seen or felt easily. Art is a way for a lot of artists to say what they want without using words and using the purity of colours. The visual interpretation of the artwork is evaluated by the person viewing the artwork and then the message the artwork is conveying is received by the viewer after studying the artwork. Famous artist, Edward Hopper said “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” This simple and modest quote gives an insight to what it is like to be an artist. The artwork is what the artist would like to say but it can only be shown through a visual representation.
The impact art has on people’s lives
From a young age, art has a big impact on people’s lives. From colourful toys, to appreciating art in museums, art creates a positive distraction in our lives. Art can be used as a therapeutic method for people with disabilities such as autism and behaviour issues and also as a relaxation method for everyone. When art is incorporated into society, Society changes opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. “Art helps me to get a better understanding on other aspects of life, it helps me to relax and to appreciate everything I see.” From the interview answers it was discovered that many people think of art as a whole not just artworks created by artists. “One time I was reading a book and the descriptive and detailed language used, I was able to picture what that would look like in real life… that is a real work of art”
Art and Journalism have more in common than you would think. Journalism is used to convey messages across to readers by using sentences and words that are put together by the journalist such as Helene Stapinski and creates a work of art through text. Art is used also to convey messages but instead they use colours, images, objects and more to communicate with the viewer.