Angela Avery's Blog

In these times, reporters matter more than ever

Posted in Digital Journalism, Journalism by aavery on September 26, 2010

Link to article:–reporters-matter-more-than-ever

Enough already! Journalism is not dying; it is, as this anonymous blogger put it, “changing.” Just because a couple (okay, a lot) of newspapers have been closed out, does not mean the entire industry of reporting the truth is closed as well. Sure, can you see it? “Well guys, looks like Ann Arbor News is out of print now, I guess we should all just pack up and go home.” Yeah—that isn’t exactly how it works. Sure, it may not be the glamorous career it was back when Watergate was split open, the white house was turned upside-down and Woodward and Bernstein pushed everyone to decide to go to J-school, but it still has a purpose. A purpose only a journalist can fulfill. A really big purpose that Joe the baker doesn’t quite see apparently.

Journalists today will go that extra mile to get the story, whereas the blogger may not. A blogger may not want to put in the effort to fly a distance to cover a much needed story that needs exposure, investigate fine details or have access to certain venues or contacts. A journalist’s job is to learn, know and understand the SPJ code of ethics (ethics link: More importantly, a journalists job is to report the truth and have some integrity, which is something a lot of bloggers are severely lacking.

There is no one to be held accountable for bloggers writing or a citizen journalist’s blog. Journalists are held accountable because they not only conduct the interviews themselves, but also put their name at the tippy-top of the article with the title of the company they work for printed across the top of the very front page, usually in really large black print. They are easy to reach and their email addresses and phone contacts are usually only a click away. Accountability is the main factor being left behind in the blogosphere—but a real journalist is least concerned about that because they are adhering to a set of ethics and values that were instilled in them early on in their collegiate career. They also have mentors who have PhDs in journalism, have studied the profession for years under their college professors and didn’t just randomly develop an interest one day while rethinking their lives, but rather have always had some sort of appreciation for the news, writing, reading and correcting others grammar.

It doesn’t matter what people say, journalists are here to stay and there is no “threat” to their future. There is simply a transitional phase that is occurring at the moment. Journalism has made it over humps before and will make it over this one just the same with a little more work. Journalists and copy desk chiefs are highly intelligent people with excellent problem solving skills. Give them a few long minutes to get through the hump of the internet age and bloggers and you will notice that journalists were not only right there all along, but unchanged.

As the author of the article in the link above put it, “It will change forms, it will change mediums, but it will—at its heart—remain the same.”


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  1. essays said, on October 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    good post for me.

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