English Paper vs Journalism Article
From Haiman’s Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists:
“Moreover, once a reporter has framed a story in his or her head, facts that conflict with the frame, or that don’t fit its premise, can be discarded.” (58).
As an English major, I’m no stranger to being in love with my thesis. It is only natural to love your own ideas. This is why it’s important to listen to others. However, in English papers and journalism alone it is important to address your opposition. In both cases, you appear to be more informed if you show that another side does exist. The difference lies in the fact that you don’t want to let your own opinion shine through in an article. If you do, you’ll look biased and will be discredited because of it. Showing all angles should never really cause a problem to your report (as I see it). If your point is ruined as a result of a refuting fact, then your article is most likely biased. In an English paper, you talk about the opposition in order to tear holes in it. It makes you look well-read and helps you further prove your point if done right.