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What is journalism?


What's right? What's clearly wrong? Who's just a little wrong? Who cares? .... The point is that journalism will always be subjective despite its quest for objectiveness. defines it as a discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying, and presenting news regarding current events, trends, issues and people. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists.

Yet the arguably more scholarly Webster's College dictionary defines journalism as the occupation of gathering, writing, editing, and publishing or broadcast news.

And further more the fictional character, Jenny Stagecoat, a toothless orphan whom I just now created defines journalism as candy.

Who's right? Who's clearly wrong? Who's just a little wrong? Who cares? Our culture has long since reduced the integrity of popular journalism to witch-hunts, gossip chatter, and finger-pointing. But then again, what do I know? I've only briefly studied the subject in higher educational courses (however, I believe more so than most of my contemporaries) and who's to say journalism wasn't even more of a joke in Colonial times or Medieval times or Biblical times or Dinosaurial times? The point is that journalism will always be subjective despite its quest for objectiveness.

Which leads me to wonder about what should be printed in our newspapers and other media outlets? Where in the natural world does it proclaim that only disciplined articles posing as objective are worthy of the public's eyes? What if someone wants to read poetry? Wants to read something extremely subjective? Not because they are looking to expand their inner-soul or something poetically extravagant like that but just because it's been a long day and they need a kick of something different.

In a world that has never before seen such a vast and copious collection of diverse mediums why spend your time disputing the integrity of one particular journalist or newspaper? Why not just move on to the next?

So here's a poem I wrote: 

A pretty big scene in someone else's play

I've seen love.
Saw it right in front of my eyes.
As world travelers poured from the customs hallway at LAX.
one by one
step by step
they arrived rather evenly
ears popping
suitcase rolling
shoulders leaning on the exhaustion pushing them forward
nothing to write home about.
But there was this one woman : 
She ignored passer-bys to get closer to her past
anxiously skipping,
oddly bouncing
Barry Sanders-ing her way through the crowd
smiles dripping down her cheeks.

-Corey Taft

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By Annonymous on September 27, 2006 at 04:16 pm
Nice article. However, I do get your point about poetry and stuff, but I think that you went a little too far by adding some your work at the end of the article. It seems a little out of place.
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By Teryk on September 27, 2006 at 07:23 pm
Well, well, well ... pretty surprising. I would have preferred a poem about an event, i would have called it a journalism article. I do agree about the illusion of objectivity, this "sacro-sainte" (fr.) holy holiness objectivity in journalism, which is just an idea, a concept. (Still sorry for my english)
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By TonyBerkman on October 28, 2009 at 08:53 pm

Enjoyed your article.  The subject of "what is journalism"  has only been heightened with the mass adoption of social media technologies, such as BrooWaha, blogs and wikis.   If recent studies are accurate,  it's apparent that most online users trust other social media individuals, whether they be bloggers, micro-bloggers or wiki users, than they do "news" that is packaged and distributed by corporations.   

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