Reality in Journalism
I really liked reading this portion of Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists because it wasn't telling me how to be a journalist or setting out a strict set of rules, as mentioned on page 3: "It is not intended as rules for journalists. It is not even a set of guidelines...Rather, the handbook is an examination of the concerns readers have expressed about newspapers and a list of best practices used in many of the nation's newspapers to address those criticisms." I like that readers' opinions are viewed as important and almost essential to good journalism. Readers' opinions about journalism should definitely influence the writing, for, they are basically the ones that the journalists are writing for. They should have a say in what they read. However, it's important that we are informed about new things, things we don't ask for. When we are informed and when we learn, we have the ability to change things and come up with ideas as to what kind of stories we want to know about.
I agree with the complaint that "there is too much focus on what is wrong and what is in conflict..." (2). Sometimes, I don't even want to read or watch the news because it depresses me and makes me sad. I feel helpless. Overall, I think we all know how much cruelty, crime, and corruption go on in this world, and it would be nice if we could be informed on something positive, something that can cheer our lives for the moment, think that the world isn't so bad after all. If the news doesn't showcase that often, that's what our individual happy moments in life are for. I'm not saying that sad things should not be displayed in the news; that would be unrealistic because negative things are a part of reality. I think a major role of the news is to display reality while keeping it "fair," as the book also discusses.
I like the idea of the goal for journalism to be free and fair. The sound of the words flow, and the concept acted upon should flow as well. These are basic concepts that we as human beings need, and since journalism usually reflects human life, it makes sense that it should be free and fair.