Within many stories of war and/or other controversial topics, there comes a time for journalists as well as editors to decide if something is worth publishing. This is a very sensitive and difficult process. As seen in Torie DeGhett’s article “The War Photo No One Would Publish”, the line between informative and too explicit is thin. A picture that may move people may also offend many others. It is our duty as journalists to inform the public through deciding what pictures and facts are worthy. We must decide if they are adding to the story in a positive manner and not just put in there with no context. It is a hard job, but it is ours and we must strive to deliver for the public.
Everyday in my lecture classes, about half of the people use their laptop to “take notes”. However, they usually are not just taking notes. The research provided by the Vox article, “Why you should take notes by hand — not a laptop”, shows that even if students are truly just taking notes on their laptop, they will not remember it as well as one who took the notes by hand. This research is significant for me because I began to take notes on my laptop this year. As a result, I have notice when I study for tests, I do not recollect the information learned during lecture as well. I believe that it is important for students, including myself, to start taking their notes by hand again. School is more than just memorization and by hand writing notes, the information taught during classes will be material one can use in their lives, not just memorization.
Americans, including myself, take for granted our freedom of speech everyday. As stated in the Upworthy video “Dear Religious Extremists: The Camera’s Are Staying, And That’s Final”, cameras were not allowed to be used from 1996-2001. With American troops leaving, Afghan journalists are scared the Taliban will bring back this rule. However, Afghan journalists know that in order to not be forgotten, they must keep their cameras rolling. Although this video focuses mainly on the challenges that Afghan journalists face, it relates to American journalists as well. Journalists must continue to strive everyday to make a change. Their job is to be that watchdog, to challenge our leaders, and to use our voices and cameras to give a voice to the voiceless — always.