Chapter 1 Recap

If I could use one word to describe what I have taken away from the first chapter of Telling the Story, I would use change. In a world filled with arguably more technological progess in the last decade than in centuries before, the realm of journalism is drastically being affected.

One of the topics covered in this chapter was the issue of objectivity. As said in Telling the Story, “Properly understood, objectivity provides the journalistic method most likely to yield the best obtainable version of the truth.” (P. 16). From my limited perspective I would say this about objectivity; while it is far from something humans can ever perfectly achieve, it is an essential thing to constantly strive for — especially when publishing informative news pieces.

Another topic covered in this chapter was of accuracy and fairness verses bias in journalism. Similarly to how I perceive objectivity, in a gist the book describes perfect accuracy and fairness as a pursuit rather than a perfect arrival. Not that we can’t spell check, fact check, and rewrite relentlessly to strive for perfection, but we as humans are going to disagree on what makes up objective truth on this earth. All that being said, there is a time and place for opinion pieces but only when a piece titles itself as such.

In regards to the changing world of media and journalism, the word the textbook used was convergence which describes the efforts to use different strengths in different forms of media to communicate to the broadest audiences possible. As a person, to be surrounded and to have grown up during this period of change has been interesting to observe the more traditional journalism outlets like CNN, Fox, etc. go from not quite knowing how to utlize these outlets, to adaption, to changing the way the world sees media.

At the end of the day, the role journalism has in today’s society is an important one. With the cultural impact from social media more prominent than ever before, the news being put out by media outlets is more consumed in larger quantities than ever before. It is then extremely important that journalists strive to maintain accuracy as consumers are in a place of being extremely mislead; a good or bad story can change someone’s outlook completely.

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