Media Writing has begun.

Along with this, it means I will be writing my future blog posts on stuff going on in this class. So far, it’s been pretty great. Though this class probably proves much more interesting for broadcast news or print journalism students, I have found the textbook very interesting indeed. It is written in such a unique style. There are plenty of pictures, timelines, and general separation between paragraphs.

In short, I like it a lot.

However, this post is supposed to be about something I found particularly fascinating in our first chapter. I would have to say the part that stuck out the most for me, mostly because I am a cinema student, was the Five Essential Journalism Films section. I cannot wait to rent some of these movies. It goes without saying that anything in movie form will spark my interest, but the fact they revolve around journalism makes it even better. You can never learn enough about the journalism world. It’s a world that has covered the nation’s most important events for as long as it has existed.

Needless to say, I will be checking out these films shortly. And if I could add one to the list, I would add a film we watched in my COMM 100 class called Shattered Glass. It is a story about a young journalist who destroys his career after fabricating the majority of his articles. It was a story that definitely opened my eyes to the perils of writing, in more ways than one. People who want a career in the media need to take extreme caution before writing something. I know we hardly write in pen anymore, but the idea that the “pen is mightier than the sword” still rings true. What is written in the news whether online or tangible, is taken very seriously by the public. Once credibility is lost, it is very hard to achieve it once more.

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