As an aspiring Journalist, I must admit that ‘Journo stereotypes’ really do anger me; that we are ruthless in pursuit of a story, we hack phones, that we are corrupt, harass celebrities, etc. That we pay for our sources, write for our own agendas, steal information. For this post, I wanted to offer up an opinion piece in defence of Journalism, and anyone practicing this craft.
Now, I do appreciate that there are exceptions-people who regularly break this. I remember the hacking scandal with News Of The World; to be honest, it still disgusts me. And it is not a reflection of all Journalists-this was the exception. (I still stand by the view that there could have been specific legislation passed to curb is practice-make a penalty harsher.)
Journalism-in the reportage sense-is about getting the facts, and publishing them in in the public interest. Because how else can we solve issues, keep public officials to account, and find out about any local events otherwise? This isn’t just from a newspaper-there are websites, magazines, as well as the ever present (and dominant) social media. And it plays this function, because well, it’s a powerful tool of democracy, isn’t it? It gives the knowledge that is power.
But if anyone makes up lies, there is libel laws-so why would they want to?! There’s a stiff penalty attached to it-and could have an effect on whatever publication. So why would anyone wish to have this as an industry-wide vice?
(Well, they wouldn’t..) The intention is to publish in the interest of the public.
What do you think?
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