Farewell to Government & the Media

JOUR 4043 — Final Blog Assignment

It’s my last blog for JOUR 4043(nearly, stay tuned for the big one next week), Government & the Media, and I feel more knowledgeable about the relationship between the media and government, the responsibility of journalists in reporting political news and how the public views the media as a whole.

I learned valuable lessons from many within the journalism field. They shared their personal experiences as reporters and editors and members of either media or government. Many gave their advice on how to be better journalists and engaged with the class by asking questions and causing us to think critically about the issues that journalists and media face in the future and at the present time.

I hope in 2017 and beyond that the media will learn from the year of 2016 and try to improve as much as possible. Some steps that can be taken would be less focus on entertainment news and the horse race coverage of elections, and rather deeper informative coverage of issues and the policy goals of candidates. The media’s relationship with government and governmental figures seems to have become more one-sided, with the media being taken advantage of or ignored altogether.

The media needs to be more careful about the kinds of things it reports on and focus more on delivering quality content and information rather than profits. Public media can step in to become the more trusted and informative medium for delivering news to the people, but it is difficult when the audiences for commercial channels and outlets are larger. If money can take a back seat in media and journalism, better news will be delivered to create a more informed and less polarized public.

My part of that will be either as a journalist myself or as an informed a citizen that I can be. If I end up as a journalist, I could do my part by applying the lessons I have learned while in the Lemke Department of Journalism and JOUR 4043 to be better at reporting and establishing relationships with people and try to get people on the media’s side, rather than perpetuate the negative stigma members of the media and media outlets have among the public.

If a media career does not work out, my part as a citizen will be to do my best at staying informed and differentiate between news that is good in quality and trustworthiness and poor quality news. Not many are very knowledgeable in media literacy, and as a student of journalism I can do my part to educate those who may fall into the trap of fake news or sources that are not reputable.

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