October 09, 2005

Elements of Journalism 6-8

I have been a victim of journalism. Well, actually the forum journalism presents. In high school, a student operated an online message board, and a particularly nasty person felt it neccessary to trash me all over it. Not only did my entire school frequent this site, but anyone with internet access could read all about me. To this day, I am still scarred from this event.

As I was reading chapter 7, I understood full well the power journalism holds. When used appropriately, journalism has the ability to change and move people, but it is a double edge sword. Public news can manipulate emotions and cause serious damage. In a nut shell, I feel journalism should be based on "truthfulness, facts, and verification." If those standards are not upheld, then those who abuse the privilege of journalism, ruin it for everyone.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 9, 2005 09:22 PM


It is tragic what the some people do.

But alas, here you are, a responsible blogger and journalist.

Your job is going to be to shape children's lives so they don't act so irresponsibly.

You're going to be a great teacher, Lamb.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 10, 2005 03:55 PM

I agree Katie, journalism should be based on truthfulness and facts. What you point out in your blog is one of my main fears of journalism. I am constantly afraid that my writing will offend someone or that my facts are just quite accurate enough.
As a future educator, I hope that I am able to "shape the lives" (As Katie Aikins says) of my students, so that they learn the importance of reporting with accuracy.

Posted by: AshleeLupchinsky at October 12, 2005 09:03 PM

Good points there Ashlee... teaching children the importance of reporting with accuracy is vital, and could be furthered by teaching them to always seek the truth and question everything!

I find that Americans have become far to complacent, they believe everything they read/hear/see.

Without paying attention, to what is REALLY going on, there is no democracy.


Posted by: mike at October 12, 2005 11:19 PM

You are thinking of teaching journalism, specifically, then, Katie?

Posted by: ChrisU at October 13, 2005 09:31 AM
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