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"Journalism is a guardian that never sleeps and protects freedom of the people" - Winston Churchill" Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I shall not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." - Jefferson "Newspapers are the schoolmasters of the common people". - Henry Ward Beecher
Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines journalism as: 1. the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media 2. the public press 3. an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium. B. 1. 2. writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of
events without an attempt at interpretation 3. writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest.
Journalism is a discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying, and presenting news regarding current events, trends, issues and people. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists. Journalism is the practice of investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience. Though there are many variations of journalism, the ideal is to inform the citizenry. Along with covering organizations and institutions such as government and business, journalism also covers cultural aspects of society such as arts and entertainment. The field includes editing, photojournalism, and documentary. Now, finally, so what the heck is journalism:
Journalism is telling true stories, well and accurately. Journalism is communicating information that will help people make sense of their world.
Journalism is getting the story behind the story, avoiding the spin, finding the truth.
´ First Draft of History. I don¶t think you have to work for a big company or a huge chain or a TV station to ³do journalism. In modern society.y Journalism is a public trust with citizens to investigate and expose wrongs and trumpet rights. (Note. for much of journalism¶s history. producing news articles on short deadlines. In fact.0 What journalism is not? y y Journalism isn¶t the medium: It¶s not the newspaper. transparent. I have both a bachelor¶s and a master¶s in journalism. context´ to facts. While under pressure to be first with their stories. especially Web 2. professionals didn¶t do it.´ Again. the first journalists weren¶t part of big companies ± they were a person and a printer.) y Journalism isn¶t tied to news organizations. My point is that people can ³do journalism´ without a degree. are undergoing changes resulting from the Internet. As an industry. analyzing. and disseminating socially relevant information in a consistent. quality and style. adhering to each organization's standards of accuracy. y Journalism is being part of a community. a ³universal reflex of citizenship. Journalism doesn¶t have be done by professionals with degrees or training. I¶m old enough to have had coworkers who started out the old way. or as DougSaunders eloquently puts it. news media has become the chief purveyor of information and opinion about public affairs. I¶m not knocking education. Journalism is sometimes described as the "first draft of history. news media organizations usually edit and proofread their reports prior to publication." because journalists often record important events. along with other forms of mass media. journalism is ³gathering. and honest way.´ y y Journalism adds ³meaning. while media critics have raised questions about holding the press itself accountable. but the role and status of journalism. Despite what Merriam-Webster says. the TV broadcast or blogging. we¶ve Gm Memon-2011 . Many news organizations claim proud traditions of holding government officials and institutions accountable to the public. as copy boys and worked their way up ² all without a j-school degrees.
but that doesn¶t mean you need the bureaucratic trappings to do journalism.become bureaucracies. Gm Memon-2011 .