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EoJ 3 Response

This chapter reminded me that journalism is more of a public service than a business. Sometimes, I think that this is lost among people who think journalists are working for themselves. I would urge anyone who is unsure of the priorities of journalists to read this chapter because it lists every single one. This chapter states that working for the public is their number one priority, and that they do not view the citizens as customers. I think that this is a powerful message for those who may have lost faith in journalism. Overall, it is still a necessary aspect of American life, and it certainly does more good than bad. I will definitely be thinking about this chapter as I continue through this course.

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Response to the Invisible Observer

I found this reading to be very helpful as I am learning to write in journalism. I always thought that keeping personal biases out of journalism would be extremely easy, and it is for veteran journalists. However, this article taught me that it is something that I will need to pay close attention to as I am writing in journalism. Keeping the reporter out of the story reminds me of cases of academic writing in which you are told to avoid using “I.” I will need to keep all of these tips in mind as I write my future stories for this class, and I hope that with practice it will become second nature to me. With each reading, I am reminded of how different journalism is from the writing that I’m used to, and these tips have been helping me to make the adjustment.