Since my last post in November, I have
- quit my part-time job as a barista
- completed my internship
- moved to a new city
- started a new job
And in case you’re wondering what place finally took me on…
This past week was huge in terms of updates in media. Lately, the U.S. has been concerned with events in Syria, Gaza, Palestine, Ukraine, and other overseas locations, but there were some pretty big shake-ups on the home front too. In terms of coverage, generations of Americans are grieving the loss of comedian and award-winning actor, Robin Williams. Traditional media sources such as cable news networks, newspapers, and radio stations, have been updating facts surrounding the star’s death on a daily basis.
There were other events that deserved more attention than they actually received this week as well. Last Saturday, in Ferguson, Missouri, an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. I’m not here to discuss the rights and wrongs and morality of the incident–that is up to each individual person to decide for him or herself. Instead, I wish to discuss how powerful the tool of media was (or could have been) during such an event.
If you’re not familiar with the event, educate yourself. Outrage over the shooting and handling of the late Michael Brown’s body prompted protesting from Ferguson citizens as well as increased police force, involving restricting the limits of the town, military-grade weapons and tear gas as a means of crowd control. Citizens began looting overnight. It was pure chaos. And yet no one knew.
The police even restricted journalism outlets from reporting there, and in some cases, arrested journalists. Most of the news of the Ferguson situation came from social media. As a journalist, I often hear from more experienced reporters that the advent of online technology, social media, and the blogosphere makes for a decline in real journalism as well as increase the struggle of actually getting paid. When I think of the dwindling newspaper industry, I can’t help but agree. Coverage in Ferguson, however, renewed my belief of journalism.
The sole goal of journalism is not “How can I get paid for this story?” The goal of journalism is to inform the public of what is happening in their world. Period.
Events from Ferguson gave us powerful informative reports by the people who were there. Forget about trying to make the words sound pretty. Just tell us what is happening. That is real journalism.
A range of emotions captured in a single image.
The parallels drawn between now and the history we seem doomed to repeat.
Updates on a dynamic situation.
That is real journalism.
I am not looking forward to the job hunt after college in my chosen field. At times, it seems only to favor those with money to spare. But as far as being concerned about the state of journalism, the problem isn’t that it is dying; the problem is being overwhelmed with the possibility that is growing bigger. And believe me, there are worse problems to have.
July is almost here! Sorry for the delay. I’ve had this post typed for a while but getting sent to the ER and recovering definitely set me back a bit on posting (more on that on Monty’s Mayhem). I’ve had a whirlwind of a summer so far, but still not much to put in my portfolio, which, for some odd reason, in my generation means I’m wasting my summer? Well, summer’s not over yet. There are tons of tricks of the trade to do during the summer that not only can help you get ahead as a journalist and go on your resume, but for some of them, you don’t have to leave your house!
There are tons of ways to get ahead in your career, some you don’t even have to leave your house for! Let me know if you end up starting a blog by leaving the url in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
Some of you may have noticed that I have not been updating as of late. For those of you who don’t know, I am a college student, and have just completed my sophomore year at Amherst College. This semester was also filled with assignments from my internship at New England Public Radio. At the risk of possible conflict of interest, I refrained from my usual media blogging.
However, with the end of a school year also brings the end of my internship. This, however, is the beginning of tips from my first journalism internship.
Take it from me. My first day, I was dressed like this:
And by my last day, I was more laid-back.
For the final assignment of my internship, I completed a feature about the recent changes to College Board’s SAT. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the program because I got to pitch the topic, traveled across western Massachusetts to do interviews, and voiced a longer piece than my usual cut-and-scripts and spots. But don’t take my word for it. You can listen/read all my assignments from the links on my Resume page.
Are there any tips you have journalism internships or working in general? Share in the comments below!