One of the greatest hurdles that any news source has to overcome these days is simply gaining the trust of its audience.
A single hour spent watching a televised news broadcast is enough to turn almost anyone away from the whole enterprise.
Human error plagues our reputation. But for me this is perplexing because people’s trust in the news media is at an all time low, below twenty two percent according to the latest Gallup Poll and the actual scope of information available to your average journalist is higher than ever.
If I want information, I have dozens of ways of acquiring it that would have been unheard of two dozen years ago.
Methods for contacting sources have been streamlined, advanced research tools have been developed, the raw input available online is astounding.
The trust that you, the reader, place in the media must therefore be transferred to yourself.
How much faith do you have in your ability to process the stories that saturate the media?
Do you have the time and the enthusiasm to sift through multiple perspectives to find the commonalities that bind them? If you watch Fox news as well as MSNBC, the truth most likely lies somewhere in between.
As for the journalists, we get the privilege of making it our mission to bring the best information available to the page.
Our job is similar to the readers: we examine every perspective to get the true story.
The only difference is accountability. Where misinformed readers may simply embarrass themselves in conversation, we lose the credibility that is so hard to gain nowadays. It’s a team effort, really.
Therefore we would love to hear your input. If you feel that bias or error is present in any of our stories please let us know by writing up a letter to the editor or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Give us your opinion.
All opinions are posted online, and each letter helps us create a more diverse and informative paper.
I’ve been studying journalism since freshman year of college. Generally with a focus on travel and snowboarding. I’ll be the first to say it’s pretty trendy.
I do it because it’s fun and there’s a market for it, but I’ve decided it’s time to start expanding my focus as a writer. There is a lot going on outside the small industry of snowboarding that I have been covering as a journalist, and outside the small boundaries of our school for that matter.
The WTF column is a new addition to the Eagle’s Eye that I will be leading this semester, open to guest submissions, that will allow myself and other students to bring up controversial issues that may have otherwise been missed by students and faculty at our school.
I will be breaking the journalism value of proximity for this column.
What you read here will address issues that are happening as close as our school cafeteria, to as far as other countries.
I’m doing this because I know first hand that as college students we lived hectic lives.
It’s easy to get caught up in our busy schedules and forget to check in with the rest of the world. Knowing who you can trust in the media and finding reliable news sources is also difficult and can be overwhelming.
For these reasons, I will be doing the dirty work, double checking sources and making sure that the news provided here is reliable.
The goal of this column is to expand my focus as a writer while informing students about important issues taking place in our community, as well as events throughout other parts of the world. WTF will serve as a fun, yet informative way to make us all ask the questions: How did we not know about this situation? How did this situation arise and WTF can be done to help?
The first WTF article will be printed in next week’s edition of the Eagle’s Eye, as well as posted online at snceagleseye.com.
I am open to any submissions, whether it is something you’d like to hear about and don’t have time to research, or maybe a situation you would like to vent about in your own words. Either way, I’m open to it, so email me with your thoughts!
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