The Art of Journalism

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Remember when you were a little kid, and people—even strangers—would ask you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Quite confidently I told them, “a journalist.” I was six. And I never changed my mind.

I love writing and every aspect of it. As a matter of fact, I wish every college assignment was a paper. I think I would enjoy it more (although I always loved school regardless); that and I wouldn’t have to worry about passing a math class, which I honestly have serious trouble with—stereotype of a journalist, I know… sorry guys.

As I was saying, growing up I enjoyed reading the newspaper. I loved the way it looked and I even have this weird love for pencils and pens to this day. Every Sunday with my Dad, we would pick up the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, which is my local newspaper back home. When he was done reading it, he would give it to me to read; that and have me help him cut out the coupons. It’s one of my fondest memories I have of him, something I will always miss, but will continue to do and show my children.

I’m one who also thinks it is crucial to take the time and watch the news on TV, something my generation seems to be lacking, besides finding out through Facebook and Twitter. I know, I know, that’s the way our industry is going, but there is nothing like actually going out of your way and taking the time to find out the news and seeing it with your own eyes—not through the grapevine. On top of that, you learn your own views when you find out news on your own, as opposed to hearing what other people think about it. I’ll watch anything from the local news, the View, Fox News, the Wendy Williams Show, ESPN and E! News and while I am away from home, I try to stay updated with the Sun-Sentinel or local news stations back home, so I know how MY community is being affected. My favorite time to watch is first thing in the morning, and before bed.

This sounds weird, but I don’t remember the last book I completed. I used to love reading, but now I start a book and never finish it. But when I DO read, it’s usually some sort of inspirational/method/advice book or a true story/nonfiction. I can’t seem to get into something as fake as vampires, like Twilight. I also like history books—then again I am also a History major. If I even pass a book on the Kennedy’s, I have to have it.

We have to pay attention, stay current and aware.

See, why can’t every assignment be writing? This was interesting. 

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5 thoughts on “The Art of Journalism

  1. I really like your media diet post! I had a similar experience growing up with reading the newspaper, though I don’t read it that much now that I’m older…whelp. I agree that our generation has to start watching the news on TV. Like you said, we get so much of our news from secondary sources that sometimes people can put their opinion in it and skew the story. And I love history books to! History in general is just so interesting ah I could geek out right now but I’ll stop ahaha I haven’t read many history books lately but I definitely want to I just need to find the time so props to you!

  2. This was a great post! I really enjoy your style of writing and your passion and love for journalism definitely shows. I am honestly jealous that you seem to have always known what you want to do in life because I am still trying to figure that out. I admit, I don’t normally watch the news on television, but you made some compelling points about that subject which might just change my mind. Although, I do tend to find the news pretty depressing which is a big reason for my lack of watching. Lastly, I could not agree more with you about reading books. I used to love reading but for some reason, I can never seem to get through a full book anymore! I’m not quite sure why that is, but hopefully I can finish one one of these days.

  3. Thank you both for your comments. @ Caitlin lets geek out on history together and @ Hunter, I am glad I sparked something in you about watching the news! It’s true, the news can be very sad at times, but there ARE some happy stories and happy endings. Either way, this IS our industry. We want to be here, right?! For example, even in sports reporting there can be sad stories, whether someone retires or has a career ending injury… but this is what we want to do! So…?

  4. Yeah, I never really spun it around and thought about it in that sense, but you are absolutely correct – there are sad stories even in the sports world and I still watch every day. I definitely will make an effort to watch the news more after this discussion.

  5. Hi Chelsea — I love this comment:

    “There is nothing like actually going out of your way and taking the time to find out the news and seeing it with your own eyes—not through the grapevine. On top of that, you learn your own views when you find out news on your own, as opposed to hearing what other people think about it.”

    This is particularly interesting to me because sometimes I think this industry is just trying various ways to throw news in front of people (almost accidentally) and is hoping they pay attention. The idea of actively seeking out news is a different perspective and one, frankly, that all Communications students need to figure out how to adapt for themselves.

    Your spark to do this seemed to come from your dad. I’m throwing this out for everyone — family seems to be important in developing that need to know the news (it comes up a lot in these posts), but what are some other ways that we can develop these habits?

    Lori

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