Journalism education and tips for journalists

Thursday, September 09, 2004

"Thats not journalism!" continues update.

I think that journalists are those who use the pieces of information available to them positively in the transformation of the communities where they live and society generally, especially at this era where community news has become a global one.
Therefore, journalism, remain the art of gathering and processing information for public consumption.

Journalism is the art formulating news ideas, gathering information, and disseminating of information into the consumable product to the public.
A Journalist is the person who has mastered the art of gathering, and disseminating information to the public and equiped with the knowledge of media law. those does not posses these skills are nothing but writers or natural writers.
Tovin Ngombe Content Manager for
Coldreed Communications

What is journalism?
Journalism is all about educating, advocacy, describing, and finding facts; of course the reporting is the obvious in this noble profession.
Journalism serves as a channel and platform for people to share information about things important for their changes.

Who is the journalist?
A journalist is a simple figure in our society who has to keep track of things changing into other things. The journalist observes how other people behave and compares it with the home crowd, a journalist is the underdog of the unprivileged, and the journalist is the detective of the wrong doings. Well there might be no end to what the journalist is to us and in our society. For example, in my country of Tanzania, a journalist is often referred to as a spy. Why simply because we have other fellow professionals who are not behaving professionally, which means they don’t adhere to the ethics.
Daniel Sempeho, Editor, youth magazine

First, there are essential parts of the definition of “journalist” that have remained relatively stable throughout journalism’s history. The first is the public nature of journalistic communication, ie: journalism has always been seen as public writing or public speech. Secondly, the temporal nature of journalism has always been a consideration. Unlike non-fiction writers, or essayists, journalists are bounded by time; they must produce public communication on a timely and consistent basis in order to produce works of journalism. Thus, non-fiction authors have typically fallen outside the classification of “journalism” for precisely this reason.
From a long and thoughtful reply posted on Exegesis by Daniel Kreiss

The answers to what is journalism and who is a journalist depend on context: the society in which the journalism operates helps determine what the journalist can reasonably be expected to achieve for his/her audience. And then you take it from there, depending on whether the society is Third World, western world or what.
And, of course, even within a society like Australia, journalism is seen different in country and city.
Rod Kirkpatrick []
School of Journalism & Communication
University of Queensland


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