On September 25, 2014 I attended a presentation on Ferguson and the shootings that took place on August 9, 2014. It was truly an eye opening experience. The presentation covered a broad spectrum of ideas from the on scene reporters and they’re experiences covering it to what really was the issue that sparked this chaos and how people found out about this story. In the beginning a few of the reporters that arrived on the scene and reported about Ferguson spoke up. Wesley Lowery, first heard about the story through a friend; she was on the scene when it first happened. David Carson was grocery shopping and started following it through twitter; same as Mariah Stewart, who’s cable ran out and relied on twitter to keep up with all the building tension. Lowery stated he thought that it was going to be a 2-3 day assignment, instead it turned out to be a 2-3 week assignment. Wesley stated important facts that made good discussion talks. Stating that this story was so big because of the way it was portrayed; an unarmed African American boy’s bloody body on the ground, tear gases being thrown at local residents, and things being thrown in social media early on that was incorrect. He said that this was not just a story on a body found on the ground, it was a deeper issue within the community, police departments, and communication between different ethnicities. Trymaine Lee said when you look at the ground– you start putting the pieces together. Clearly referring to why he was shot, how he was shot, and by who. Claire Ward, who came there to document everything that was going on, was shocked with everything she saw. However, each reporter stated ways on how we as a society can improve, so we can prevent these things from happening. Something that was stated was for the journalists to keep an open mind to everything– get out in the community and talk to the residents and listen to them! To never assume anything. Anything you, as a journalist, make sure you do it and are being genuine. By doing that, that’s when people will notice your work. Another great positive thing to keep in mind is for journalists to not be so skeptical between one another, but to work with each other and improve ourselves and the work we do each day. I think this was an excellent discussion and beneficial to all journalists.
Happy readings everyone! I’m back with another fun and juicy discussion. Today’s talk is about satirical news and how appealing they really are. I read an article about how CNN.com put out a satirical article on Miley Cyrus and her tweaking at the VMAs. Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN.com decided to publish this article, not only publish it but put it on the front page. A worldwide leader in news. In black and white decided to publish a story on Miley Cyrus twerking. So why do you think they did that? Simple. As stated by Meredith; to get you to click on their link so they can get higher ratings. Now, I know that sounds so stupid, but at the end of the day Meredith was telling the truth, just in a weird, satirical way. Every day you log on to a website or open a news magazine, and see this unfold. Dumb articles about dumb, irrelevant things that no one cares about. Sadly, they do it because they want your attention. They want your eyes on their website, not necessarily to read the articles, but to know that they themselves as a news website, are there. Current. relevant. Just waiting for someone to go and click on their news. They know what they’re putting out is garbage, but they don’t care because at the end of the day It’s a business. I personally think It’s a sad thing to do. I don’t mind reading what Miley was doing at the VMAs, what bothers me is these major corporations are doing it for attention! Stop. I’m sure there are better ways to promote yourself than doing this. What I do love about the article is how honest Meredith was being. It’s a good message to send out so we viewers are educated on why they do it. It can all be summed up on her last sentence,” And what is modern-day journalism? Getting you to click on this link. xo
Happy Friday everyone! Today’s blog post is one that is important to me and to many out there. It’s a topic about being photographed in time of grief. Now, the article I read about, the girl in the story, Aline Marie, who attended a prayer vigil, on a night of a shooting. In the story, Marie stated how she felt, “Violated” that while having an intamate moment on her knees staring up at the statue of Mary, photographers, out of the bushes, started taking pictures of her. Describing how she felt like a “zoo animal”. She later met photographer, Emmanuel Dunand, who said he took her picture and could tell she was sufferning but did not want to bother her, and that leaving her alone would be the most respectful thing to do. Now, I’m not the one to judge because I will always see both sides to every story. But, I do believe that they’re are right ways to approach every situation– this was no other story. Was it wrong that Dunand and many photographs took pictures of Aline–no. Was it wrong for Aline to get upset, absolutely not. The phtotgraphers were just doing there job, telling the truth through a picture. It would be different If Aline got up and said to stop taking pictures, but she did not. I understand that Aline was upset. I would be too. It’s personal. It’s intimate. Its those moments you don’t want everyone to see you in. I think the most important thing to always keep in mind– Always remember you have a job of telling the truth to the public and being independent, (via pictures, interview, audio) and that if someone asks you to stop whatever you’re doing, you must respect their choice. Always be caring and understanding. Never show emotion, but be curious. Yet always remember this is your job, job of telling the truth to the world. -XO
Hello All! Back here earlier this week with yet another blog topic. This week’s topic was one of great importance in the Journalism world– Journalistic responsibilities to the story and subject. We’ve all, at some point or another, have heard or read a story of a journalist, from the viewpoint of the audience, that had done something shady or wrong to the topic of interest. However, will everyone always be satisfied when an ugly story breaks and the journalist decides to publish that horrific picture? The truth is, NO ONE will ever be pleased with the decisions journalists decided to make on a daily basis. Someone’s feelings are always going to get hurt. Someone’s always going to get offended. Someone’s going to always want to put their input/thoughts on how he/she should have handled the situation better. That’s just life! You need to learn to be independent and not listen to them. The only thing a Journalist, If they forget everything else, should always remember is they have the duty to tell the Truth to the public–even if that means showing a horrific video. I believe in the story of the graduate, Sara Lewkowicz, what she did was what any journalist would have done– given the facts of what happened and the importance, even though it was a touchy subject. Nothing in the story was fabricated or scripted. She said exactly what she did– she told a truthful story that needed to be shared to remind people that things like these happen every day. In my opinion, she made the right choice. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/205841/powerful-photo-essay-on-domestic-violence-stirs-backlash/.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN18yEqE9SY -xo
Back again loves! I read yet another great read that my editor had sent my entire class (http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/13/secrets-of-the-most-successful-college-students/). It was a read about the secrets of the most successful college students. At first, i thought it was going to be about your ordinary college student advice or nerdy things that the most educated did to better there lives. However, when i started reading the article, i was surprised. I was surprised because there wasnt any secret to it. They were secrets that everyone, my self included, already knew. Things like, “Pursue passion, not A’s” or “Set goals and make them real”. Here, I laid in my bed thinking that there were “secrets” that only the few knew. No secrets. The only thing this articel did was re fresh my mind of the thing’s I’ve always known. It was an article i needed to see–i needed to be reminded that school was not all about getting those A’s and bumping those GPA’s, it was about being present in this moment and giving all you have into the thing you love the most, excepting that failure will happen and to just push yourself through it. I absoultley loved what this articel did for me. It really opned my eyes and put the important things into perspective.
Here’s a link from one of my favorite, sassy, and honest comediennes, Joan Rivers! With Love! xo