English Paper vs Journalism Article

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From Haiman’s Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists:


“Moreover, once a reporter has framed a story in his or her head, facts that conflict with the frame, or that don’t fit its premise, can be discarded.” (58).


As an English major, I’m no stranger to being in love with my thesis.  It is only natural to love your own ideas.  This is why it’s important to listen to others.  However, in English papers and journalism alone it is important to address your opposition.  In both cases, you appear to be more informed if you show that another side does exist.  The difference lies in the fact that you don’t want to let your own opinion shine through in an article.  If you do, you’ll look biased and will be discredited because of it.  Showing all angles should never really cause a problem to your report (as I see it).  If your point is ruined as a result of a refuting fact, then your article is most likely biased.  In an English paper, you talk about the opposition in order to tear holes in it.  It makes you look well-read and helps you further prove your point if done right.



Derek T said:

I like how you say that it is important to address your opposition. This is very true because when in an academic paper, one should cite some opposition in order to convey both sides of the story. In news writing, this is extremely important especially when it comes to politics and government. Every angle needs to be covered in order to convey the truth. I also agree with you that it makes you look well-read because it makes the reader think that you went the extra mile to get the proper information.

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