In a time period when our politicians are constantly scrutinized, some of the blame is on the public as well. American’s are increasingly frustrated that nothing is getting done in Washington because of the huge divide between the right and the left wings — they have a valid point. However, according to the New York Times article, “It’s Not Just Political Districts. Our New Is Gerrymandered, Too.”, 78 percent of Sean Hannity’s audience on Fox News is conservative and 93 percent of Rachel Maddow’s audience is liberal on MSNBC. These statistics lead me to believe that the American society is creating a bigger and bigger divide within itself. If conservatives are constantly watching Fox and liberals are constantly watching MSNBC, how will the public diversify their knowledge in order to diversify the politicians of America and in turn get things done. Until the American public challenge their own biases and views by getting out of their comfort zone — their preferred newspapers, news channels, and radio news broadcasts — Washington isn’t going to change on its own.
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.
Coburn Dukehart clearly illustrates that no matter the situation, you must ask your sources if it is okay to photograph/write about them. It is very easy to snap a picture or write a post about a certain individual; however, it will not be credible unless you confirm they are okay with being cited. No matter what photo you take, no matter what story you write about, always make sure it is your own work before posting. No matter the connection you make, it is important you relay to your reader who the sources/information is coming from.
A year ago, I traveled seven hours and 400 miles to begin my four year college career at the University of Missouri. I went in with the expectations from my parents and myself to get really good grades and to get really involved. A year later, my perspective and expectations for myself during this four year journey changed drastically, and Annie Murphy Paul hit the nail on the head in her Secrets of the Most Successful College Students article. College for many students has become the constant pressure of getting the best grades and gaining the best resume boosters; meanwhile, not focusing on actually learning the material being taught and not diving into things they love because it might not be the best thing for their resume. In order to rejuvenate our schooling, society as a whole must start our children young with the philosophy that learning the material and pursing things you love are much more important than good grades or resume builders.
In today’s society, everything is expected to be instant; everything is at our fingertips. My generation has been spoon fed so much and in my experiences it has tarnished our work ethic. When we want something we expect to be able to get a hang of it or control of it instantly. Samuel Cernuto’s video expresses that in order to be a successful journalist and reach our fullest potential, hard work and time is necessary. My generation including myself must work on our patience and realize that in order to become the best journalist we can be we must put in the time and effort to reach our goals.