Category Archives: Journalism

Responses to prompts given in an introductory journalism course.

Journalist: one who journals

A reporter reports. An editor edits. A journalist . . . journals? Defining what journalists actually do isn’t nearly that easy. Not only that, articulating how it differs from, say, reporters and editors, is a little more difficult than one … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead to . . . Woodward?

All roads lead to Rome, and all journalistic trends lead to Watergate . . . or from Watergate. Russ Smith was recently asked how celebrity journalism became such a rampant journalistic disease, and he responded, “Watergate . . . changed this … Continue reading

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Infotainment: Journalism Debased

I’ve been thinking about this phenomenon where newscasters turn into pet dogs looking to their masters, the viewers, for cues on what to do in order to get a treat, or a viewer’s attention. The public, constantly surrounded by things … Continue reading

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The Difficulty of Religion in Journalism

Why reporting on religion is one of the hardest topics to journal-ize about, I believe, is because religion transcends national boundaries, and people know their own religion (most of the time). So if a reporter says something wrong or a … Continue reading

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The Self-Checking Public Forum

In high school, I debated in an event called Public Forum (PF). This event was the best for the lay-judges to attend because the style of debate was intended to be presentable to a public audience in a comprehensible way. … Continue reading

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Breaking the Silence

The most frightening part of this presentation was the spiral of silence theory in connection to the opening activity (with the Rolo/Cadbury egg bowling). Even though everyone recognized the activity was unfair, no one spoke against it because each person … Continue reading

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Watchdogs and Squirrel Chasers

To be honest, I couldn’t help but stare at the “Beware of watchdog” shirts. As we were discussing exactly what it meant to be a watchdog journalist, I was thinking of how afraid I’d be of a dog (as pictured … Continue reading

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