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What is the Responsibilities of a Spirited Journalist

Updated on October 8, 2012

What is Good Journalism

The Bible does what journalism is supposed to do: Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Take the latest reports on Charlie Sheen.

It is the responsiblity of a journalist to tell a story. As good journalism will stir the convictions of the reader with views and opinions, it is wise character that will direct the reader to make a valuable connection.

To afflict the comfortable causes disquieting emotions to rise up. It stirs the pot.

To comfort those afflicted is a sense of soothing for the wounds of the broken.

The afflicted are the hurting people, the ones who are suffering with great distress or in grief.

In comfort, we are afflicted when we are troubled by something. The stories that are written evoke an emotion.

A spirited journalist leads by example. It is the task of the journalist to produce an effective witness. Sparks fly when emotions are triggered.

Today's media circulates around profit.

Media Reports

Take the latest report on Charlie Sheen. Media speculation and he is more popular than ever before. His increasing popularity is based on the image, the media portrays. Who profits from such propaganda?

The man is lost beyond his wildest dreams. He will tell you he is a winner, but I would not agree. A lost person maybe, far from the realities of life perhaps, but I’m not here to judge the man; for that is not my purpose.

I’m here to write a story; a story about conviction, a story about afflicting the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. In the spirit of journalism.

The latest ranting of Charlie Sheen is all over the media. He has become a sensation.

People are so interesting in what Charlie says, they follow him on Twitter.

He broke the Guinness Book of Records recently with over 1 million Twitter followers in one day. Now his tweets are so popular that Twitter has offered him an endorsement deal that could earn him $1 million a year. Is that crazy?

We are all Connected

Typecasting and Stereotypes

Being bound or being bonded which is it?

In my humble opinion, the media, the celebrities, and the role models we demonstrate speak a lot about this world.

We are so lost and broken that we are entertained by the sick mind. This addicted style is utterly unappealing to me.

I ask this question to the reader, would you rather be bound or be bonded?

To be bound is to be obligated to something or behave in a certain way. It does not guarantee success nor does it offer peace of mind.

To be bonded is to be protected or united. It can represent protection by insurance against losses but it is the link between people that binds them together in a given situation.

For to be bonded in a situation that limits someone socially or emotionally is unfair. It is unfair to the teaching we are representing to our young people today. It is discriminating and artificial.

The truth is there is only one judge in this world. It is the judgment of truth that weighs everything and carries the afflictions of insight behind it.

While your actions may speak louder than your words, the truth is there. What you say and what you do will effectively incriminate your character.

All conventional wisdom aside, true motives stalk your intentions.

There is a mask behind the man. Just like the typical stereotypes, as a car salesman will tell you, it does not lead us to truth. Unfortunately car salesmen are classified as shrewd and dishonest people. As life will teach us not ALL car salesmen are deceitful.

Just like not all police officers sit around in donut shops eating pastries. These typecasts are made in pun, but all jokes aside, how you treat people will reflect greatly on the person you want to be.

This is so true and I need this occasional reminder myself. I need to know this life is not all there is. If I keep that forefront in my mind then I learn to trust in Him alone.

Whether you are afflicted or comfortable , whether you are comforted or in affliction , reach out to others and listen. As good journalism should be doing:

  • Be persuasive, be nice, but most of all, be honest.
  • People want to be treated fairly.
  • Don’t discount your motivation. Be honest with yourself and with others.
  • Move out of your comfort zone and comfort those less fortunate.

The Bible teaches love is the greatest of all things. It declares to love like Jesus loved.

What does Journalism teach us?

Is it comforting, or is it afflicting?


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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the link faithdream - journalism certainly is afflicting me with all this news of Charlie Sheen :D

      I want to be a soothing voice to those in trouble and shake up those who think they have it all figured out.

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks crystolite. I appreciate you stopping by to comment.

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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Agree with ms.unique 55,this is really an eye opening hub,thanks.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Ms.Unique for commenting and sharing.

      Thank you revmjm, appreciate your comments.

      As journalism points out, we are responsible for what we write. Thanks.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      You are on target with this. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Ms. Unique 55 

      7 years ago

      Thank You for this eye opening article.


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