Johanna and I were discussing that much of the materials in elements of journalism is common sense (unless of course you're one of those people who doesn't have ethics or a sense of moral responsibility).
I forgot which section it was, but the authors mentioned how the history of news/journalism began in the taverns (a public forum). It had an informal atmosphere but very informative. The people of that time didn't just go to get drunk, but they were also receiving information. In one sense they were getting 'drunk' with information.
Which brings me to the most interesting points I've not in chapter 10 of Elements of Journalism:
1. Journalists have an obligation to personal conscience
In spite of journalism's objective and "unbiased" stand, the individual not only is loyal to his or her citizens but also to himself or herself (once again moral/personal responsibilities).
2. Basic elements [of journalism] - calling attention to inequities in the system, connecting people, creating community (184).
This summarized the whole book and my own personal philosophy about journalism. 2 out of the 3 mentioned about I personally practice. The first one about "calling attention to inequities in the system" --> often times I deemed this "controversial." I think one of my weakness as a journalist is my dearth of skepticism. You can say I'm not as skeptical as I should be. I just like to believe in the good of people.
"Connecting people" and "creating community" are really my focus. I'm going to work in being more critical/analytical about the institutions (gov., school administration, other authorities, etc) and their system of being.Posted by Michael Diezmos at October 12, 2005 2:36 PM