What Kind of Journalist will I be?

What kind of journalist will I be? This is a question I have asked myself since deciding journalism is what I wanted to do with my life, and every time I ask myself I have the same answer. I want to be a fair, and honest journalist. I want to tell all the facts, even if I don’t like them. I want to tell everyones story, no matter how upsetting it is. I don’t want to pollute my writing with opinions, and unproven facts. I want to be trustworthy and fair. I want to be the type of journalist that will correct my mistakes even if they weren’t caught.

GOYAKOD

GOYAKOD- Get Off Your Ass And Knock On doors. This is important in journalism because the best way to get information is to get up and go get it yourself. The best way to get someone to feel comfortable talking to you is to talk them in person. Instead of using Email or a phone call, you need to talk to them in person to get the best information, a persons more likely to tell the truth and give more information if you’re talking to them in person. In journalism your reputation is one of the most important things you can have. If people know you as the journalist that speaks to people in person and seems to really care, you’ll get farther then you would if you were just a journalist that made a lot of phone calls and sent emails. Even though GOYAKOD has a lot of positives and does a lot of good, you’ll also have to get used to rejection. Not everyone is comfortable talking to the media, and that’s just something that comes with the job. The more you get rejected, the thicker your skin will be, but also the better you’ll be at asking people for an interview.

Why Verify?

When it comes to journalism verifying the facts of your story is one of the most important things you should do. When it is up to you to tell people what is going on in the world you need to be sure what you’re saying is true. Without verifying a story you could cause many problems for yourself, the news outlet you work for, and the people involved in the story.

One of the biggest examples of why you should always verify your stories is the case of ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘A Rape on Campus.’ In this case the writer didn’t verify any of the “facts” she was given and ended up printing a fake story. By doing this she damaged the name of the college, the fraternity that was accused of housing the rapists, and the people in the victims friend group. While something did happen to the victim of the story, that is mostly where the facts end. If the writer responsible for this article had even just taken a moment to look at the story given to her she could have easily found out it was false.But since she did not do this, she caused a lot of trouble for herself and others.

If you are a true journalist your goal should always be to give people facts that they can trust, but if you let a perfect story slip by without making sure it is true, and then learn its almost completely false, you’ve lost your credibility. From that point on, if people see your name under an article they most likely wont think its true because of your previous mistake, and when you’re job is to tell people facts, you need to be trustworthy.

Why I write

Why do I write? From the time I learned how to write, I’ve had a passion for it. I have journals upon journals full of different things I’ve written from all stages of my life. I used writing as an outlet, it helped me through bad relationships, loss of loved ones, and even my own struggle with mental health. Writing has alway been a big thing for me, no matter what, I would always find time to write.

But why journalism? If my passion was just for writing why be a journalist? Its a simple answer. Im also very passionate about politics, and I want to be able to get the truth out to people. While I have my own political views, I believe that everyone deserves to be told the truth, even if it directly conflicts my own belief. I have seen many times that not so truthful things where published and I want to be able to spread the truth so citizens know what is actually happening with their government. I want to be able to fight for all sides with facts, even if the facts hurt my side.