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.

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