The Beautiful Struggle, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a coming-of-age tale written in a more poetic manner than any I have ever read before. Even when what Coates was writing wasn’t necessarily pleasant subject matter, his writing style was pleasant, reading more like a poem full of grace and style, as … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates: Writer of Personal Tales and Calls for Justice Alike
Today in class, Melissa Bailey, a former managing editor of the New Haven Independent, discussed with our class several ethical issues that she had faced in her time reporting. Among the issues included airing reputation-ruining video coverage, blurring the line between journalist/observer and active participant/helper, publishing the names of witnesses, and gaining information in a somewhat secretive … Continue reading Ethical Dilemmas- In the Wrong, or in the Right?
For my final project, I will be writing about the underrepresentation of women in journalism, and the consequential effect that has on the news that we consume. My thesis statement is that due to the underrepresentation of women in journalism, the narrative that the media creates can often times be slightly skewed, sexist, and imbalanced. Yesterday … Continue reading My Final Project Takes Shape: The Underrepresentation of Women in Journalism
As a disseminator of news, media organizations hope to evoke discussion from their readers– a lack thereof would raise the question of whether the information reported was even newsworthy in the first place. With this in mind, news organizations must decide how to handle and foster this discussion–often aided by a comments section. As we … Continue reading The Comments Quandry
If our discussion with Mark Garfinkel of the Boston Herald showed me anything, it was that photojournalism can be a minefield of ethical issues–but one that is extremely rewarding. Like the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” says, pictures have an extreme power within the world of journalism, and with that power comes responsibilities … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
It’s the story that’s sparked a hundred more—a triple homicide and a suspect sentenced to a life behind bars. It seems simple enough, but it’s anything but. The case of Jeffery MacDonald, convicted murderer, is full of intricacies and complications, further heightened by his book deal with acclaimed author Joe McGinnis that ended up greatly … Continue reading The Journalist and the Murderer Review- Which one was Immoral?
When I first looked at the two pretty different views on quoting- one from the AP Stylebook and another from William Zinsser, I thought I agreed more with AP. But as I thought about my own experiences, I realized that I actually agree more closely with Zinsser. I agree when the AP Stylebook says it is important to … Continue reading The Art of the Quote