Journalism seems like an easy task to outsiders, and to some journalists, it is easy. I’ll tell you why. It’s because we aren’t telling readers what they need to know. Instead, we are telling them what they want to hear. This causes us as journalists to sit back and lose our drive. It’s so easy to coast through a piece without going into depth. I’ve realized that I’ve been doing it all semester!
Though it’s a huge problem that we are getting lazy, readers are getting even lazier. When was the last time that you read a newspaper for more than the comics? And when was the last time that you checked a journalist’s facts? A vast majority of journalism is based on money; a paper or magazine will be biased toward whatever their supporters believe. To put it plainly, money is more important than the truth. This is the main problem in our media today.
So what are we going to do about this dilemma? Not all journalists are going to be honest. It’s up to the reader to tell the difference between fact and opinion.
But writing about this does nothing if nobody takes it to heart. True change comes from the readers, not the writers. We are the spark. You are the flame.