Money or Content? That is the Question

Although The Onion is a satirical newspaper, their article “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning” brings forth the everyday decision of a journalist; money or content? When deciding what to put as your “top” story in your newspaper or on your website, is it more important that it gets the most eyeballs or that it provides the most relevant/important information. I think most journalists want to provide excellent journalism, — choose content over money — but they also need to make a living as well. Writing an article about Miley Cyrus may get you more views; however, an article about ISIS or a man on the run is clearly more important. I believe that in order to be a successful journalist both money and content wise, it will take time and practice to find the balance between which articles you write about.

http://ajr.org/2014/04/15/give-journalists-right-metrics-pay-performance/

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