The Reconstruction of American Journalism
I feel like accountability journalism is vital and important to our society. Ignorance in this case should not be bliss. We as a community should and do have the right to know what is really going on. And those who are wrong doing should be able to be confronted and held accountable for their actions. I feel like accountability journalism done right, should tie in with independent reporting. Which is under threat according the article. Reporting that is based on Information, investigation and analyzing, is the best way to remain a bipartisan. Also I feel that accountability journalism should be used often when need be, If we have freedom of speech why not exercise it. We should get the conversation started and raise the real issues at hand. Although I feel that print journalism will continue to face challenges and there will be many difficult task for those trying to transition into media or web based journalism. I am confident enough and feel that great journalism and reporting no matter from what content it is coming from as long as it is great and giving the audience what they are asking for, it will out last any changes. Although changes can be frustrating, adaptation and finding what works best with our changing society will be of great benefit. Challenges will continue to arise in the journalism community but the need for news and knowing what is going on will never change in our community. As a nation we like to be informed and although the content may change the basics will never die out.
News- helping or hurting?
It is hard to tell in today’s society whether our local and world news is serving our benefit, or creating problems. Every time I turn on the television I hear about a murder, rape, or another everyday item that causes cancer. While the news should be a way to inform us and protect us from the bad in the world, is this really the intent?
Take the recent shooting in Connecticut, for example. I was watching the aftermath of the horrifying event unravel on the news. So much of the early information was pure speculation, and the story changed constantly. I understand the need to relay information on breaking stories, but releasing stories that have no merit only causes confusion. And then we see interviews of elementary students directly after they’ve been put through a horribly traumatic event. It seems that journalists will put all morals aside just to get the story.
We also see the shooter’s picture plastered on every news channel on television. The approach to this is completely wrong. This is probably part of the reason that Adam Lanza went through with the horrific act. He knew that the media would make him famous, as they’ve done with every other mass murderer. Instead, we should be showing the victims, and mourning with their families and celebrating the lives they lived. I can guarantee that years from now, people will not remember the victim’s names, but if you mention Adam Lanza, they will know exactly who you’re talking about.
New’s should be here for our benefit. But instead, I find myself avoiding it completely.