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JOURNALISTS & JOURNALISM

Can blogs presume to be ‘journalism’? Wikipedia says journalism means “the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the ‘news of the day’." I’m afraid journalists haven’t a good name at the moment.

I was reading this morning some of the Pope's thoughts on journalists and journalism.  He holds that there are few professions that have so much influence on society. They write the ‘first draft of history’, construct the agenda of the news, and introduce people to the interpretation of events. In spite of the new digital world – especially among young people – when journalists have professionalism, they remain an important and fundamental element for the vitality of a free and pluralist society.

We all need times to reflect on what we are doing and how we are doing it. This is not easy for the journalist who lives with constant ‘dead lines'. But Francis suggests that there are three essential ‘pillars’ that the journalist must always understand as important in their profession: to love the truth (to affirm it and to live it), to live with professionalism (to understand the profound meaning of one’s work), and to respect human dignity (to be aware that behind every simple report of an event there are also sentiments, emotions, and the lives of individuals). 

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interesting post
thank you

blogs are opinion
interesting but usually slanted towards the writers views

journalism is supposed t be factual and impartial

but reporting is changing
my beloved New York Times is slowly switching its emphasis
because of the internet breaking news is available instantly
people no longer need news papers to know what is happening

but that last "W" ( who what when & why) that Why is harder to answer
the Times is now moving toward in depth reporting to answer - why

the Times also in its headline took a bold step
it called a statement of Donald Trump - a LIE
news people have traditionally avoided that word - too strong
they preferred "distortion" or "false"
but the NYT - fact checked it and he was plain wrong - something he was claiming was not true
it was in fact - a lie - he was lying
and they called him on it

now, the NYT is a liberal paper in it's editorial pages so there was distress that their editorial bias was creeping into their headlines
but fact is fact
when someone claims something that is not true it is indeed a lie
but it takes courage to call it that - if you are a journalist

"journalism is supposed to be factual and impartial"
I would go with that.

The broadsheets appear to be following the red-tops now unfortunately.
A good question and I suspect the answer is yes, they can.

Given my own life experience, I have a very low opinion indeed of journalists and their ilk, especially if their name happens to be Littlejohn and they work for that evil rag the Daily Mail!

Many people would consider the Irish Times an 'intellectual' paper here. Many more, especially Catholics, consider it an anti-Catholic 'rag'. I like it's Crossword!

I am disappointed with practically all newspapers available here. Their journalists would not rate very highly on Pope Francis' 'three pillar' standard.
The Guardian here is supposed to be a paper of the educated intellectual left but it employs some pretty unpleasant, bigoted people.

As for the red tops..........
I think those three pillars are a good definition of journalism.

When I was growing up, the expectation was that journalists would be impartial. I think my generation failed to acknowledge that every human being has bias. What's important is to acknowledge that bias, to do one's best to take it into account, and to work hard to expose oneself to opposing points of view and to evaluate them fairly.

I think this clip says it very well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_i9fw43Moo
that clip is from the HBO drama series The Newsroom written by Aaron Sorkin
Sorkin is an acknowledged liberal
he writes his views and opinions

i loved the series!

Edited at 2016-09-24 21:29 (UTC)
What a wonderful clip, should be taken to heart by every journalist - and politician!