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"The press doesn't have to be fair in order to be free." (71)

Although it is supposed to be the beacon of truth in this country, the press, which often equates to the written press, can fall far short of that role in many, many, different ways...  Wait, haven't I heard this some place before?

Much of the Best Practices booklet seemed like a repeat of the journalistic traps we've been discussing throughout the semester - It was like a compellation of all the highlights of IANS and the various crime/victim and science reporting readings.  In this way, however, it also made for a very monotonous read. 

Because this booklet was so similar to the other readings, it speaks volumes about the true traps of journalism.  Obviously if so many writers are writing about the same repeated problems, these errors are significant and easy to commit.  Thus the topics covered in Best Practices showcase the true concern a journalism student should show for bias reporting, science reporting, crime reporting, or any other topic covered in class.  The problems are real and they could happen to you, and could change your life and career in a big way.

What I did like about the text was the round table approach.  This format helped convey information in a way that more clearly showed how real readers, more-so than a trained expert or author, reacted to the errors of journalism.  The suggestions offered by the booklet also seemed more concrete and specific, rather than general suggestions or proposals for improvement, 

 

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Bethany Merryman said:

Yes, totally. The actual readers, the "average joes" are the real audience when it comes down to it. So what do they think about the Journalism of today. Well this pamphlet let us know exactly what they don't like! In the scheme of things, do you care more about your audiences opinion is or what an expert says? To me I would rather hear from the readers...but than again that's just me!

Tiffany Gilbert said:

You do want to know how to correctly write a crime story, because it can change your life. You can cause trouble by publishing a name or something could happen to you which may be published in a newspaper identifying yourself as the victim or convict pointing all fingers at you before charges have actually been filed. So journalists should learn the proper way to write to avoid all negative consequences

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