As a working member of the news media, I have first hand knowledge of how the newsroom works and newscast creation occurs. I want you to know how your information is gathered and pieced together. What do you want to know about broadcast news and journalism? I want to answer your questions.
Jpact here is my simple question on originality of news.Is the informations about political persons or issues discussed, published are authentic or just promotional tools? How much a common man can consider them as true fact to access an issue or leader?(be honest)
Cheeluarv, that's a good question. A lot of how news organizations choose to cover political figures has to do with that institution's journalism model. Unfortunately, a lot of cable networks and even the broadcast networks, choose to cover aspects of political figures' personalities or personal lives that might be dramatic and "juicy" but don't give any indication of how that person will vote or implement policy. The reason they do that, of course, is for ratings. It is a sad truth that today's media landscape is very centered around getting ratings and making money. Journalism institutions that center their content around what will garner the most ratings will use the excuse "it's what people are talking about... it's what they want to see". That's just a lazy excuse to keep doing what some would call 'journalism malpractice' (although that doesn't actually exist).
What I believe news organizations owe to the public is coverage of political candidates and office-holders that will expose how they run their office, how they vote, how they make decisions. As far as coverage being believable, I don't think you have any reason to believe that coverage of political candidates, at least in the United States, is used for promotional purposes. As I said above, coverage can be skewed to cover the most attention-grabbing subject instead of the most important subject regarding those individuals. However, that kind of editorial judgement comes from the news organization, not the political candidate. There have been instances in the past when political candidates have cut deals with individuals from news organizations to cover them a certain way. But those instances are few and far between and you'd be hard pressed to find someone in any news organization who'd be willing to agree to that - there's an ethical line that even the most mis-prioritized anchors, reporters, and producers won't cross.
Almost all of what you see about political candidates from credible news outlets is true, but it's often not what's important and will be blown out of proportion for ratings. Be very careful not to get too absorbed with the superficial and focus on the issues. You'll know quality political coverage when you see it because it will deal with policy issues, not personal issues.
Thank you so much JPac1for giving me a detailed coverage on News Broadcast and Journalism.I have always considered Journalism media as a way of checking those in powerful positions,assuming they provide impartial facts and information without fear and favor for the benefit of people.
It is sad to know that they have become mere puppets in the hands of 'powerful' to sustain their position in the rating ,it is shocking where the real principle of Journalism is demeaned.
what is the best thing about being a Journalist?
The people, places, and things I get to do. It may sound cliche, but my job is very exciting. I get to do new things all the time. We are constantly covering different stories. It is fast-paced and I get to make decisions that have a real impact in society. I love being able to contribute to the world that way.
I respect your love for your profession, that is the first step to success.Wish you all success in the line of job you do and thank you for answering my questions with absolute interest.
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