October 11, 2005

Elements of Journalism Chapters 9-10

There is a time and place for sensationalism. I'll admit, when I'm in the checkout line at the grocery store, I flip through "magazines" like the Enquirer. I can't help it! A headline that reads "Jesus Returns to Earth to Baptize Bat-Boy" or "300-lb. Cat Marries his Mother" is just begging to be read. Although these articles are funny and ridiculous and help pass the time, I realize that they're just money-makers. They are obviously unrealistic and over-the-top, but if I'm aware of what true news is, I think I'll be ok.

Chapter 9 discusses proportionality and the comprehensiveness of news. I wish more journalists would follow this guideline. Dictionary.com define news as:
1. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television.
2. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast.
3. New information of any kind: The requirement was news to him.
Newsworthy material: “a public figure on a scale unimaginable in America; whatever he did was news” (James Atlas).

However, when I hear the word "news" I think of facts and real world events, but maybe that's just my viewpoint. I actually try to avoid television broadcasts, because I can't stand the tabloid-ness. I understand newspapers and t.v. programs are out to sell a product, but what ever happened to simply reporting events? Not just events, though, but information people actually want to hear. Note to all the journalists out there: sometimes good things happen in the world; why is it always neccessary to report on the tragic?

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 11, 2005 03:52 PM

Katie i totally agree with you. I miss opening the paper and seeing REAL news. I am kind of getting tired of reading celebrity news. I dont think that this is real important news. But if they did not put this type of 'news' in the paper they would not get ads people would not buy the paper, so in a way it is necessary. I like how you mentioned that there is good news that they can report on. I do see a lot of news that is giving the readers tragic news. Maybe its me, but i like to read about happy things!

Posted by: Denamarie at October 12, 2005 03:35 PM

I'm not saying reporters should weed out all the "bad" news, because that would be just as bad as avoiding the "good" news. I just wish someone would strike a balance between the two.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 12, 2005 05:34 PM
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