As an editor, I feel like majority of editorial decisions should consider the likeness of the audience. When writing a story, your audience is usually the party most effected by the story. Although the interests of the audience should be considered frequently, editors can not let the audience govern the direction of said publication. When this begins to happen, editors are now thinking in the complete likeness of the audience, disregarding the journalistic aspect of the job.
Learning the general interest of the community is the most effective way of maintaining an audience. Learning about your community rather than giving in to the community wants gears your publication to have less bias and a lesser chance of sounding opinionated, which all journalist want to avoid.
In a technology driven world, tools such as analytics and social media can be of tremendous help when governing engagement by your audience. According to Taylor and Francis Online web analytics have opened up new channels to rediscover audience interest. Although these tools are helpful, editors must also rely on actual human output and not solely on metrics. Analytics and social media can easily be misconstrued to portray false interests thus having control of some publications.
The situation regarding twenty-one year old Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard is a very delicate but simple scenario. Although Associated Press photographer Julie Jacobson was just doing her job, the request from the Bernard family to not have the picture shown should have been enough. In the Guardian, U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates called out Jacobson on her lack of compassion towards the situation and the family involved. I agree that Jacobson lacked compassion, but I also see her justification as valid as well. Writing an article on war would only do so much. Pictures tell a story words can only try to convey. I felt as if the image was published not to publicize a gruesome death, but to show in depth the effects of war in real time. Although sharing a powerful image to convey a message, as a journalist, Jacobson should have shown compassion towards the Bernard family. According to AP, showing the reality of war was apart of their journalistic duty, and also showed Bernard’s sacrifice for the country. All justifiable points, but the AP lacked total compassion in regards to his family. The grieving process is something that takes time. No family, especially the family of a fallen solider, should spend that time revisiting the gruesome image of their son’s death.
Cook, Steven A., et al. “AP Explains Picture of Dying Marine.” POLITICO
, POLITICO, 4 Sept. 2009, http://www.politico.com/story/2009/09/ap-explains-picture-of-dying-marine-026762
Throughout the many fake stories listed, I decided to dive into a story regarding Wiki Leaks and Hilary Clinton. Published by The Political Insider, the headline reads “WikiLeaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS … Then drops another bombshell”, as the rest of the article accuses the Clinton camp of actively supplying jihadist extremist with weapons. The story garnered 789,000 social media engagements
Upon further investigation, The Political Insider— who has since taken the story down— misreported the facts of the original story.
Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange commented on a Hilary Clinton led State Department who had approved weapon shipments to Libya in 2011 which landed in the hands of jihadist extremists.
The Political Insider put a terrible spin on an already tough story to report. With close to one million social media engagements, fake news outlets thrive off of pure attention.
This hurts the state of current journalism by creating this notion that most publications have an agenda of creating false stories for more interaction from people. Fake news draws away attention to the real news produced by credible publications. With over 700 thousand engagements online, fake news takes away the perception of real news.
According to Media Shift, there are a handful of tools to help journalist avoid fake news and sources such as The Political Insider. The ability to detect information being promoted by bots is an essential tool mentioned. In this technology driven world, most fake news use the internet as their disguise, blending in with other advertisement, making the distinction tough to the naked eye.
Fake news not only discredits the intelligence of the reader, but also discredits the work of truthful journalist who use trustworthy sources in every story produced. Although putting a complete end to fake news will be difficult, creating news stories with strong sources under credible publications will live on forever.
As many noted, it was a bit difficult to find an article that offended me. With due diligence I found one article that made me want to fix someones wagon in the least polite way.
When reporting, it is essential to realize the harm of providing the public with the truth. Although the difficulty of this task, a proper balance of fact and unbiased reporting can minimize the hurt after a story is published. Also, as a journalist, one must realize that every reader is untitled to their own interpretation of your writing. I wish this was the case in this piece.
The article dates back to earlier in year, but is still very relevant in today’s media. Fox News host Laura Ingraham responded to LeBron James’s comments on the president by telling him to “Shut up and dribble”.
It is imperative to note her comments before the initial statement. Ingraham went on to proclaim that James and other athletes involved in politics are “ungrammatical and barley intelligible”.
This bias and uncultured article should be considered one of the most harmful news story in the most recent years. To call athletes such as LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick barley intelligible is a farce. Not only are these athletes using their platforms for awareness to social inequality, they’re making a difference.
My response is culturally bias due to the environment i was raised. LeBron James has been my basketball idol since I was in third grade, everything he has done throughout his career has positively cultivated a new era in not only the NBA, but for the whole state of Ohio. Opening schools, providing full college scholarships, and pushing for the growth of all minorities, these are more than athletes.
Sullivan, E. (2018). Laura Ingraham Told LeBron James To Shut Up And Dribble; He Went To The Hoop. [online] Npr.org. Available at: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/19/587097707/laura-ingraham-told-lebron-james-to-shutup-and-dribble-he-went-to-the-hoop [Accessed 10 Oct. 2018].