Are Journalists Getting More or Less Ethical?

In the video above, John Oliver talked about the condition of current and future journalism.

With the news consumption shifts to free, internet-based and 24/7 cycle news, the news corporations are like sinking boats.

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How could it not, with its revenue slowly (but accelerating) going down and more and more journalists got laid off?

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Just like John has said in the video, news corporations are now shifting to online content, click-bait headlines while thinking twice to write investigative piece.

But in this era where it is easy and free to get information/news, are journalists being more or less ethical?

LESS, it’s all just about click counts and money

In the video, John illustrated how click counts are being more and more prioritised.

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The illustration took us to a situation where an editor has to choose to either report about a corruption case in the Boston city hall or a debate on a cat which looks like a racoon or vice versa.

Obviously, for the purpose of humour the editor chose the Ra-Cat (Racoon Cat) piece. But what if the news corporations actually changed into that kind of corporations? Can we actually trust them to report about stuff that matter?

OR

MORE, they can’t lie to us now

Verifying anything on the news comes very easily now with the internet and social media.

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You can almost find any information confirming or contradicting the news. And now with the citizen journalists posting on blogs and social media, anything suspicious will come to people’s attention.

Therefore, why worry about the journalists’ ethics and ideals? Anyone with poor ethics and low ideals will be eliminated automatically.

 

So, do you think journalists are getting more or less ethical? Comment your answer below 🙂

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3 Must-Have Skills for Graduate Journalists

With the new media and all the technology development, how the public reads the news through their smartphones, tablets and PCs.

“Today, the news media has to adapt what they do to fit our behavior, because we no longer have to fit our behavior to their cycle,” said Tom Rosenstiel in his Ted Talk.

One way to adapt is by changing the criteria of its recruits.

Here are 3 must-have skills for graduate journalists:

  1. Multi-skilled Journalists

In reporting a story today, journalists not only have to think about writing a story for a platform they are in charge of, but also for other platforms.

For example, recording a video for television, which has clear sound bites for radio, and pictures for print, website and social media.

Journalists have to be able to write, record, take photos and edit stories on their own.

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  1. The ability to tailor stories for any platforms

People now read news from a lot of platforms, through the newspaper, radio, television, website and especially social media.

Therefore, news organisations need journalists who can tailor stories for various platforms and their audiences.

For example, older people tend to read news from newspaper or television while younger ones tend to read from the internet.

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  1. Thorough research skill

In this era, with all the citizen journalists writing and posting their writing in the internet, people are getting more and more cautious with their news consumption.

That is why journalists now have to present accurate facts in order to gain the trust and credibility from people.

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Welcome!

Hi, everyone! I’m Jennifer and welcome to my blog 🙂

To be honest, I was just starting to be interested in doing blogging now, when I am in Uni. Before, I don’t really care about blogging – I mean why would you post what you’re thinking and publish it for the whole world to see?

Well, but now I will beg to differ. According to wordpress’ page, over 409 million people view more than 22.2 billion pages each month. That is a lot of people that I can reach through my writing. Besides, from what I’ve learnt in uni, a blog can actually be very factual and less opinionated. (We’ll talk more about this later)

So here it is, my writing. Out here in the world of blog-ness (if that is even a word).

Anyway, for now I will be posting a few of blog posts for my journalism unit in uni. I have some projects that I am planning on doing (very) soon, so please look forward to them 🙂

See ya!