Monthly Archives: January 2012

Who is a journalist?

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A journalist is a person who writes about news people should know, and they do so in a way that can give the public an opinion about the truth. The first journalists came from England in their coffeehouses and pubs writing about what they’ve seen or heard from traveling. Journalists now, have changed in the way they do things but they still have the exclusive purpose to give people the information they need. As the New York Times put in their paper, they are to serve the governed, not the governors. Journalists are the ones who stand above all the extremely opinionated and biased bloggers and self-journalists and as futurist Paul Saffo stated, “come to conclusions in uncertain environments.” Today, journalists have to be extremely careful in order to make sure their information if reliable and valid.  There are too many false sites on the internet and warped truths that it becomes a journalist’s job to get down to the core truth. Journalists are leaders of all the other self-journalists. They have to relate to every person’s needs in order to give them a voice. It’s a hard job to decide which topics are most important and how to call the public to action, yet that is the mind of a journalist. Verify the truth and get it out for the public to comprehend and grasp.

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What is journalism?

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Journalism can have many definitions depending on whom you ask. True journalism has been changing constantly, but the underlying definition and purpose is always the same. With technology today everybody seems to be their own journalist, whether they be creating blogs like this one or posting comments on articles online; is there a need for journalism? The answer is yes. But what exactly is journalism? It is the function news plays in the lives of people. And it serves to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing. Journalism provides the news and the news binds a community together. Giving people some sense of security and opinion on topics, journalism in a sense creates human relationships. Being a journalist is much more than a job: it is a civic responsibility to provide the truth to those who care.  It is giving the unheard a voice of their very own.  Even when so many people use the internet to be their own journalists and editors, journalism makes sure the truth is reliable and will try to make sense of it. Journalism has a loyalty to the citizens and the truth no matter who the journalist is working for. But that’s not all; journalism must be written in such a way that it keeps readers interested and wanting to be involved. Journalism helps develop the future.