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Is Journalism Dead

Updated on May 11, 2017


To understand whether journalism is dead we must understand what journalism comprises and who is considered a journalist. The definition of journalism according to the American Press Institute is: the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. This definition can apply to almost any individual including individuals who write articles or books on various subjects. It is not just those who are on the radio, television or reports for newspapers or magazines.

True journalism today is rare not only as an individual but as a media organization. The coverage in the news is nothing like it was in the past. Integrity principles seem to have gone out the window in many of the media resources we hear or see each day. There was a time when the media would check the facts about a news item before publishing or broadcasting it but that time has come and gone. Today reality has taken a back step to covering news events. In some cases the media covers stories that are really not news at all for the sources of the news items are not checked for their reliability before publishing them.

The result of the election has brought out a side of some media sources that we felt and what we felt has come to fruition. This fact or disregard for the truth does not apply to all the media or even authors. Communicating the news to the public is a sacred responsibility and some of the media has gone to the extreme. It appears that the media is taking freedom of the press thinking that they can say anything they want but the public has gotten smarter. The disregard for reporting the news honestly and without bias was set back on their heels with the result of the November 2016 election.

Today there are so many opportunities to get the facts that media sources which are not being honest in their reporting can be found out through the sources now available through the Internet. Granted you must be careful in choosing wisely the source of the news to which you pay attention but it is not difficult to discover who is covering the news without bias and those that are. A good news source does not just present their view on events of the day but presents the other side which may not necessarily agree with their perspective. There are talk radio programs and television programs that present the facts and actually have individuals come on the air and justify their positions on issues of the day. This kind of activity is true journalism. The practice of media sources that just publishes what they want regardless of the facts were basically ignored in the past election.

It has been said that subscribers of newspapers especially those that do not practice true journalism are seeing their subscriber number getting lower. The media and even some politicians need to wake up that the public is so on to their bias. If media sources do not change their ways they may cease to exist in fact some have actually closed their doors. Newspapers will not exist without subscribers or those who purchase their papers. Media sources that do not practice true journalism by validating their news sources hurt their reputation when what they have published is found to be false. In some cases they actually have to publish a retraction but many of them put the retraction in an obscure part of the paper or website so it does not get wide exposure. This kind of activity is a disservice to those who access the information they publish.

There are many fine individuals who write books and articles that present information that the public needs to read. Many books are published each day or even week but presenting information in a true journalism fashion has a positive impact on individuals who read their material. True journalism may not be dead but it needs resurgence in the field of journalism. As previously mention it is not just radio and television personalities that are considered to be journalist for any author or writer is in fact a journalist. The key is whether they are considered to represent true journalism.


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    • divakar3368 profile image

      divakar3368 5 months ago from Maldives

      I agree with you. Most news reports are politically, religiously or economically boased.in many cases, the reports simply fail becuase of being a namesake attempt to uncover the truth.

      However, we also need to understand the limitations they have. Unlike the past,news media faces a lot of survival challenges . Threats and attacks only will only be the result if they dare to bring certains scams to limelight.

      What is the need of the hour is to ensure protection and freedom of news media.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 5 months ago

      Dean,

      Thanks for stopping by and providing your input. I agree with your comment to some extent about amateur reporters on the Internet but there are also great reporters and some great news sites. We as individuals must check out the sites we are reading for news items.

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      A big problem is that there's little money in it. At least for print media, which used to have the best investigative journalism programs. But newspapers are doing terrible and are cutting back on nearly everything. The problem with Internet journalism is that it's full of amateur reporters (who've never taken any courses in journalism) and unreliable ideologically slanted sites. I suspect these sites get more readership than a well balanced news site or newspaper.