Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Journalistic Hopes for the New Year

Here's hoping....

...that 60 Minutes decides it should do journalism again and remembers how to do basic fact checking.

---that Fox News adds a laugh track to most of what it does to put it in proper context for  viewers.

...that local TV sports reporters put down their pom poms and pick up their pens and do some reporting instead of cheerleading.

...that members of Congress get more outraged with members of the secret government who lie to Congress than they do with whistleblowers who tell the truth.

...that members of Congress who don't believe in science lose their next election.

---that local reporters question their members of Congress about inequality, gun regulation, climate change, money in politics, education, stronger protection for government whistleblowers, and the dangers of the secret government.

...that newspapers invest in training their reporters how to do an on-camera interview.

...that newspapers buy some microphones and use two microphones, not just one when doing an interview.

...that newspaper owners recognize news photography requires skill, not just an iPhone.

...that The Guardian, Mother Jones, the Nation, Slate, Salon, the Center for Public Integrity, Frontline, and ProPublica continue to do great work. 

...that K-12 schools provide some basic education in how to question and verify information.

---that J-schools encourage student journalists to investigate their own universities.
...that the Daily Show gets some competition from a news organization for thoughtful commentary (keep up the great work Daily Show).

If that were to happen, what a truly Happy New Year it would be for journalism.


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3 comments:

  1. I hope that reporters learn how to communicate like teachers instead of entertainers.
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    For example, there have been many news reports on our federal tax laws since the 1986 reforms but nothing was done to stop Congress from enacting at least one new tax deduction for every lobbyist with a campaign contribution. So all of the hard work by many reporters was an almost complete waste of time. Their only positive accomplishment was the money they earned from entertaining voters with gotcha's. Now, this problem could be easily overcome if reporters were willing to communicate like teachers. But reporters are too arrogant to do it. They care more about winning awards than solving problems.

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