Chapter 1 HMWK

In the book “Telling the Story The convergence of print, Broadcast and Online Media” by Brian S. Brook, George Kennedy, Daryl R Moen and Don Ranly, the Missouri group states that objectivity is explaining your objectives, methods, findings and limitations. They go on to say that objectivity in journalism is more about balance and neutrality at the cost of candidness.

I agree with their statement; journalists today do claim to aim for balance and neutrality. However, every professional news channel and journal is funded by someone or some company who has a bias that influences their employees. If a journalist were open about his objective, like anyone else in any other line of work, he would tell you that his objective is to keep his boss happy and keep his job.

It is ingrained in journalists to be fair and accurate in their research. In school we are taught to be sure to site our sources and to find a lot of information on everything. However the fairness can be lost when presenting that research to an audience all the while trying not to let your own opinions seep into your work.

A journalist’s bias towards helping the people by informing, speaking for, watching over, and standing up for them is the whole reason why we have the press. If theses motivations were truly stuck to and acted out society would be in a better situation.

The world of journalism is changing exponentially because of modern technology. With the internet anyone can start a blog and post stories about anything they want as often as they want. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and the comment sections on News websites audiences can give their opinions on news stories right as they are watching it. Furthermore, with new advancements such as Facebook live, we get news faster and more accurately.

Journalism’s role in society has not changed despite its new formats and consequential accuracy. The purpose of the press is still to inform and represent those who cannot for themselves. People will continue to have a need for journalism until our leaders and officials are able to listen to every citizen at the same time.

Word Count 365

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