What It Means To Be A Journalist

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Chelsea Nnebedum, Editor: Stacey Alexis, Virginia Bates

Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are “news of the day” and that inform society to some degree, according to Wikipedia.

Under any circumstances, journalism means reporting the truth and ONLY the truth.

It keeps the public informed about issues that are important to them as well as upcoming information.

Journalism means news, and news can be spread through multiple forms of media: television, radio, newspapers, social media, or even hearing from other people. There are five principles of journalism: investigative, news, reviews, columns, and feature-writing.

At the beginning of the school year, my teacher, Professor Whitworth, told us the roles of a journalist and to pick one (or more). Those roles were to write newspapers, take photographs, give interviews, attend events, proofread, entertain, advertise, investigate, and collect and present information.

My role as a journalist is mostly writing stories and taking pictures.

A journalist can have many roles or just one—but that’s up to you.