October 10, 2005

Elements of Engagement (Ch. 6-8 Elem. of Journ.)

In Chapters 6-8 of The Elements of Journalism, my main focus was on Chapter 8 with the concerns of engagement and relevance. We as journalists must try to find a happy median between the two. But committing "infotainment" is not really the way to do that. You have to try to not make up the news for the simple reason of money. Finding the relevance in the story can often be entertaining, because the story is newsworthy. In the example with Monica Lewinsky, both the reporter and Monica were trying to use some so called "interesting" stuff about Bill Clinton and his sensuality. This is not NEWSWORTHY or RELEVANT in any way, although it is entertaining lol. Finding the median between the two is more important, and what I have come to realize that a story is engaging when there is relevance to the audience.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at October 10, 2005 01:46 PM

I agree, Jay. I don't think that the ABC interview with Monica Lewinsky really needed to be sensationalized - If they had played up the "juicy" part of the interview where she was asked about Clinton lying and whatnot, that could have been newsworth, relevant, and entertaining all at the same time. Personally, I wouldn't watch the interview if they kept asking about his kissing ability. That's smut, not news.

Posted by: Johanna at October 12, 2005 01:03 PM
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