Journalists vs. Today’s Media

Journalists dig behind the words.
Today’s media parse words.

Journalists interview subjects to get the story, not to be a part of the story.
Today’s media promote themselves on entertainment shows.

Journalists try to keep personal biases from being apparent.
Today’s media flaunts views in “panelist” roles.

Journalists seek unique angles and untold stories.
Today’s media repeat (and repeat) the story that is going around.

Journalists seek a wide variety of sources.
Today’s media interview people in the “Spin Room.”

Journalists don’t use the weird phrase, “Take a listen;” or begin a segment by issuing the command: “Look, what you have to know is…”
Today’s media believe it’s imperative that we pay attention to them.

Journalists don’t moonlight for the candidates or organizations in his/her stories.
Today’s media boast about insider connections with subjects in the news.

Journalists don’t confuse reporting the news with giving opinions about it.
Today’s media are confused about their role.

Journalists give the most important news at the top of the story.
Today’s media tease you to stay, but save the best part ‘til last.

(My bias: I am a long ago graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism)


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3 responses to “Journalists vs. Today’s Media

  1. uwpreview

    Today’s media are mouthpieces, not journalists.

  2. I like to get news from Gallup. I think they do a good job.

  3. At the same time how one understands and reports an event is shaped by one’s moral values and how one sees the world. Journalist and their editors are rooted in the old enlightenment belief in abstract reason and the independence of rationality from morality and emotion. Because of this they can’t respect their own moral opinions as profound shapers of how they understand an event or how their audience will interpret their reporting. (To avoid this issue they all too often wind up simply purveying the worldview of those on which they are reporting.) I don’t want polimical reports and I do want reporting to be as rational as possible but I would also like some connection to or discussion of the moral issues involved. We share so many moral values but I believe much of our cultural anger is due to feelings that our moral beliefs are not known or respected.

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