This Jazzy Journalism Thing
Surveying any up-to-date common news publication, the reader will eventually begin asking questions of the information presented. Questions regarding the report itself or the very institution of journalism may begin to form. So, journalism. What does it do? And what is its place? How should it operate?
Journalism is ever-changing. Print publications are actively being replaced by online news sources, whose category competition is becoming increasingly more competitive by the minute. A new job has gained prevalence: “curators”, who gather news across multiple sources into one online source. Platforms like Twitter have allowed journalists to make statements on breaking news live the scene. The advance in technology has changed the medium of journalism to some degree, but the material and its quality has largely stayed the same. It ought o stay that way.
In its most basic form, journalism is meant to inform the people to what is happening around them in order that they can live truly democratic lifes. Journalism provides a verifiable source, not just rumors or word-of-mouth retellings. Thus, it is important that the information news organization publish is true and accurate. Journalists’ position hangs on their reputation. If news sources do not have the public’s trust, they have nothing but a readership. They can’t be called-upon.
Even if a reporter describes the details of an event throughly and completely with all the right technical specificities, information can still be misrepresented if it is coming from only one angle. It is the role of the journalist to not only be accurate, but to be fair and understand each situation from every perspective available.
Generally, if the news appears to originate out of a certain political standpoint or bias, it is more likely that the questions come from a more generally skeptical view than a particular party agenda. Journalists have to open-minded. If any real bias is prevalent in mainstream media, it is Godlessness.
Objectivity in its most ideal form is not entirely possible. Everyone possesses innate bias that cannot always be separated from consciousness and viewed from a third-party standpoint. Though it likely cannot be achieved, objectivity should still remain the goal, as it better informs the reader and does not make publicly-biased reporting repel an opposite or opposing side.
Commentary and op-eds are not news. They are food for thought but should not be taken as fact.
Journalism. It’s crazy. But we love it.