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Chapter 8: The Elements of Journalism

-Engagement and Relevance-
Journalists must make the signifigant facts seem interesting and relevant to the lives of the readers without implementing such tactics as Journalese. Many times there is a torn feeling for a reporter between writing an engaging story opposed to a relevant story. Theses two elements are supposed to go hand in hand but are often pitted against one another in a journalistic cage fight to the death. Our job as journalists is to find a happy medium between the two.

It is signifigantly noted in this chapter that good journalism is basically storytelling with a purpose. We must provide information in a way that makes the reader (average people) inclined to listen. Time is a luxury in journalism and that is a fact. The journalists don't have the time to write enough and the reader doesn't have the time to finish every article start to finish. Isn't that always the case that time is such an issue in our lives? There is never enough of it.

The last point that I would like to touch on from this chapter in 'Elements' is the idea of INFOTAIMENT. Clearly it is not a good practice for journalists because I highlighted it in that bold dark evil coloring. Basically it is almost like a tabloid approach to journalistic reporting. An example of this is the Barbra Walters interview with Monica Lewinsky...you know the one I'm talking about.

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