Viva La Journalism
In this election year, it’s no surprise that everywhere you look is another news story or article about one of the presidential candidates. For some, they’ve already had enough and just try to ignore them. But for others, this is their Olympic Games that they’ve waited patiently for four years to finally follow and write about. With technology rapidly advancing their abilities to break the news before anyone else it surely is like Christmas morning for most journalists.
Journalists have the responsibility to investigate and break down what is going on in the world around us. They share stories that impact us in some way either locally or nationally. They also provide us with information of conflict or about famous people that we want to know about. And now with the use of social media and mobile devices, they can survey mass amounts of people at a click of a button while they live stream, Tweet, Snap, and Instagram the news in real time. I think this makes their responsibilities even that much more relevant and important. But with the speed also comes higher risk of inconsistencies. After all their job is still to report news accurately as well as objectively. They must be 100 percent sure that what they say or write in the early hours of a news story is fair and without bias. Which I think can be hard if the information is not even official yet. But thank goodness for Twitter because with only 140 characters they can make big stories easier to understand by giving the audience bite sizes as new information is revealed. A good journalist can objectively report the good and the bad. Whether it is something hard to swallow like racial injustice, or something light hearted like a community picnic; the journalist has the responsibility to sift through the information and give us the facts. They must make sure the facts are correct along with verifying that those facts are indeed reliable. To do that they must give us context and contrasting arguments to the story to balance their fairness. A really good journalist can present all the information in such a way that it leaves the audience with the chance to decide what’s right or wrong. Which I like when I am given the opportunity to think and decide for myself.
If you’re like me then you know it is sometimes hard to watch news channels, because you know who’s paying them or what their bias is. Although this is not always a bad thing, because sometimes I want a commentary on what certain people think about certain information. But when it comes to journalists, I like when they’re not afraid to ruffle feathers and share the facts in the most accurate way possible. That is selling the News.