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OBJECTIVITY

As a student that came to the University of Missouri with hopes of some day becoming a journalist you would think the idea of “objectivity” is something I understand. Well guess what? I’m more confused about this idea now than I was as a tiny freshman. Objectivity to some means playing both sides and to others it simply “presenting the facts” (whatever those are and that means). But the best way to describe Objective Journalism is like Time Editor, Richard Stengel describes it – as a fantasy.

RICHARD STENGEL VIDEO (AUDIO) CLIP 

 

Despite my confusion my opinion is strong on the subject and I do believe that journalist should definitely remain objective when presenting political news. I’ve recently mentioned in another class discussion, thanks to new technologies and engagement opportunities the political audience has changed in the past few years. This change to the audience has not had the opportunity to participate in a large election such as the 2012 Presidential Election but has shown to be one to actively participate every step of the way. This is why objective journalism is important.

This group of people are more versed in technology, have greater influence on the people around them and what I view as most important are young. Presenting anything less than objective (and true) will create a bad experience from the beginning. As stated earlier the level of influence of this audience is a bit more than any we as a people have seen for some time. If a bad experience will stop one from engaging, I wouldn’t doubt at some point it could hinder all from participating.

(OFF THE RECORD – I always wanted to say that – THIS VERY IDEA MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE DECLINE IN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AMONGST MINORITIES IN PAST YEARS. NO ONE EVER FORGET FIRST IMPRESSIONS)

The American mindset is big business. With big business comes the big dollar. With the big dollar comes the big story. With the big story comes the slanted truth, which we call truth, but is really just a percentage of the truth. If the mindset of our businesses so on and so forth (especially journalism) is to present the true facts objectivity will not be such an issue.

Our idea of objectivity might very well be described as fantasy. The one thing about fantasy though is you WANT to be there and I think that speaks more for the people now more than ever.

 

 

This clip is kind of lengthy but has some good stuff ad ideas in it from a couple years back. Check it out!

Susan Jacoby – The Problem of Journalistic Objectivity

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  1. March 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Be sure to include the blog number in the first part of your post’s title. So, for this one it would be “Blog 6: Objectivity.”

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