Chap. 1

The problem with good journalism is that there are many different opinions on what good journalism is. As the book believes, journalism is unbiased, fair, accurate, but how often is that the kind of journalism we receive? It makes it difficult to really narrow down a fair, clear journalism when everyone is littered with their own opinions and feels that it is something worth sharing with everyone, or if those great journalists work for companies who sway towards the left or the right on much of their news coverage. It is an important question to wonder whether objectivity really does exist in this day and age. As objectivity is what every journalist hopes to achieve, there can be little said to support the claim that it is truly obtainable. Everyone needs to make a paycheck, and the journalists who seem to do the best are those who do the best journaling for one of the opposing sides rather than an actual news outlet that allows them to give the facts without trying to sway the readers.

As society continues to become this monster of technology, it allows everyone to some “rise to fame” in journalism of their own. Solid journalism is becoming more difficult as they have to thoroughly do their research to ensure that the camera phone that caught this scene is credible, or what that person said on twitter is worth paying attention. As these outlets become more prevalent and almost some of the most important sources, it leads journalists to have to find a way to actually make their information fair and balanced without allowing those sources to be the end all in the discussion.

As the conversation continues to change between what people find interesting in news, especially with social media becoming one of the power tools leading to so much of what is news worthy, journalism is seems to become something of the past. There are many journalists who are trying to make their mark on the world, and no doubt they all start out as hoping to be the best journalist in the world, but as they continue down their paths, it becomes clear that the person who pays the bills decides who will write what. Things will never change for a reporter as they need to always do their best to fact check information and give the people the stories they need to read, but how do we as a society keep them in line from feeding us biased stories?

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