You might not watch the news on TV every morning like past generations. You might not even tune into news radio stations. Still, social media and web journalism are leading to a brand new way to engage with this vital profession. If you follow popular outlets regularly, then you know how impactful the work of reporters can be. Following current events in journalism highlights how essential these professionals are to our community.
Journalism is the practice of providing information to the public in an objective manner. The right to free and open journalism is central to many democratic countries across the world. The role of journalists in a society is to keep the general public informed about civic leaders, representatives, and rulers.
Journalists help keep you in touch with the world around you. They tell you stories that cover a wide range of topics, like financial matters, trade, politics, gender equality, and foreign affairs. People generally respect journalists, and there have even been protests against the abuse or harassment of journalists. Nonetheless, the rise of “fake news” has led many to question journalism and the role that the mainstream media plays in our daily lives. Let’s take a look at some of the most important current events in journalism.
Current Events in Journalism: What Constitutes Credibility Today
A significant issue is arising in news media, and it’s nothing new. The question of fake news and other matters of credibility are at the forefront of journalism. In a lot of ways, this issue is still understated. The idea of fake news is a talking point, but not necessarily a focus. The concept of news literacy overshadows many Americans. A 2016 election full of lies and deceit shook a lot of voters to their core. At the main stage of the debate is the definition of news literacy.
News literacy is the ability to tell good news from bad news. Not the content itself, but reporting. Good reporting has a few key things. First of all, it comes from ethical sources. A good source is not biased and indeed not reporting for the sake of influence. News is often only passing information. Unfortunately, some use intelligence to push an agenda. Biased news networks grew in popularity during the 1990s, and 2000s as more news outlets published think pieces, fact, and opinion blended. The trick now is understanding what constitutes credibility.
News Literacy Project
Ask any college student studying journalism, and they likely focus on news literacy. The News Literacy Project is a program for all citizens. The website is great for learning what constitutes newsworthy reporting and writing. The results may surprise you. If up to this point, fake news maybe took you for a fool, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a learning process in a growingly digital world. Knowing the difference between good news and fake news is complicated, with no background. That’s why projects like the News Literacy Project focus on spreading this information to the masses.
Fox News is the primary example of biased news. Fox viewers are consistently at the bottom of information accuracy in polls. It’s not just a conservative issue, however. For example, the Huffington Post is known to also inflate news for the sake of being liberal. It’s not right on either side and causes significant problems. If citizens get their info from the story, journalists have a responsibility. Great news reporters exist on some sites and channels. Likewise, newspaper journalism is far from dead. For now, spend some time on the News Literacy Project site and see what things need to work in your life. It may mean minor changes or complete overhauls to your news reading. Either way, it’s for the best.
Current Events in Journalism: Jamal Khashoggi’s Controversial Death
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd, 2018, sparked outrage around the world. Jamal Khashoggi was a prominent and well-respected journalist. He worked for several Saudi media outlets. Khashoggi had also had a relatively long close association with the royal family and was an advisor to the Saudi prince and his underlings. After losing his position in the royal family, he eventually went on to become a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Before his mysterious disappearance and death, Khashoggi discussed his fears of detainment. He even publicly spoke about it.
Later, other journalists and investigators from multiple nations uncovered the truth about his death. They procured a recording of the final moments of Khashoggi’s life. After walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the journalist was captured, beaten, tortured. This tragedy ends in his murder. Turkish officials first made the allegations and produced the evidence. They claimed that Saudi agents had carried out the job, most likely on the orders of the Crown Prince himself. It made sense, considering that Khashoggi had become such a harsh critic of the Crown Prince’s many human rights violations and corrupt business deals.
Current Events in Journalism: Jim Acosta’s Press Credentials Revoked by the White House
The renowned chief White House correspondent for CNN, Jim Acosta, was recently barred access to the White House after an open row with President Donald Trump in the days prior. Mr. Acosta has repeatedly clashed with Mr. Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during briefings with the press. In this particular scenario, Mr. Trump accused CNN of reporting fake news, a common claim during his tenure. This event occurred after the journalist asked the president about a caravan of migrants making its way to the US-Mexico border. After a court ruling by Judge Kelly, Mr. Acosta’s ban has since ended, ordering the White House to restore his pass temporarily.
The White House later filed a memo stating that the administration gets to call the shots when it comes to journalist access and interviews. It also noted that no journalist has a constitutional right to access the White House. The memo came the same day numerous other media houses – Fox News included – announced their support for CNN. It also claimed that Mr. Acosta received notice of the reason for his pass’s revocation the day after it occurred. The explanation given for removing access was “disrupting press proceedings.”
Current Events in Journalism: The rape and killing of Bulgarian Anticorruption TV Host journalist
Though murder cases are rare in Bulgaria, Viktoria Marinova’s body was bruised, beaten, and raped. In the wake of this event, fewer independent media outlets have spoken out about corruption in the country, for fear of retaliation. The implication being that Marinova’s death may have been a coordinated attack ordered by a member of the government or a prominent business person. This process is a threat to the freedom of the press in the country, as the pressure has increased continuously over the last ten years. There’s speculation over her death connected with her investigation into the misuse of EU funds. She occasionally featured investigative journalists in her show, where she discussed allegations of abuse of funds by prominent business people and politicians in the country.
Current Events in Journalism: Male Domination of the Media Industry
A study recently performed across a week and sampling British news articles published online found four male journalists for every female journalist. The study looked at all major news outlets, including the major players all over the US and Europe. It also even included outlets from Asia. In the finance, politics, and business fields, the imbalance looked even worse, with over 90% male journalists. The renowned Centre for the Study of Media, Communication, and Power conducted the study on behalf of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London.
Current Events in Journalism: Arif Ansari to Go on Trial
Arif Ansari received charges for a case where he reported information that likely identified a person suspected of experiencing a sexual offense. However, he denied the allegations. The journalist is currently a senior BBC anchor. He received charges under the Sexual Offenses (Amended) Act of 1992 after a live news bulletin in which one of his reporters aired the victim’s name. Though the BBC has apologized for this, it has criticized the decision to prosecute the journalist, instead of allowing the corporation to handle the case internally. According to the law, sexual offense victims have lifetime anonymity.
Current Events in Journalism: The First Anniversary of Caruana Galizia’s Death
The unfortunate car bomb that killed Caruana Galizia was a shocking event in Bidnija, Malta. She was an outspoken journalist when it came to unearthing and denouncing the transgressions of corrupt Maltese politicians. She even arrested her on two occasions. On the day of her death, she left her home in Bidnija at around 3 pm, just moments before her murder. She had intended to visit the bank to address matters related to her account. The bank account case was also concerning her job. Authorities froze her funds because the Maltese economic minister filed a libel charge against her.
Current Events in Journalism: Criticism Over Sexist Tweet about Ocasio-Cortez
Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry mentioned getting a picture recently. He wrote on Twitter about a photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The photographer took the view from behind her, in a creepshot style.
The content of the tweet focused on her clothing. Ocasio-Cortez is a working-class hero to many, but Scarry mentioned the excellent quality of her clothes. The tweet later experienced removal after it drew thousands of responses, with social media users reacting very quickly.
Journalists, politicians, and even anonymous citizens took to Twitter to condemn the tweet. Many believed that the sentiment was deeply misogynistic. The tweet was a kind of response to claims by Ocasio-Cortez that she will struggle to pay rent until she receives her first congressional paycheck. Journalists and pundits on Fox News and other media outlets also condemned Mr. Scarry’s comments.
Hong Kong Bars Financial Times’ News Editor
Victor Mallet, the Financial Times Asia news editor, has been barred from entering Hong Kong after being questioned by immigration officials. The barring happened just a month after the rejection of his work visa renewal without any valid explanation. Two months prior, Mr. Mallet featured an independent activist at an event in Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondent Club. The event organized by Mr. Mallet sparked anger from many officials. The foreign ministry had even urged the club to cancel the event. According to the tourist board, Brits can usually enter Hong Kong for 180 days without a visa.
Indian Journalist Killed in an Alleged Attack
A group of Maoist rebels ambushed and killed a cameraman, Mr. Doordarshan, and two police officers. The rebels had previously blown up a vehicle belonging to India’s central paramilitary force and killed four people. The crew from the national broadcaster had intended to cover the upcoming polls at Chhattisgarh.
During the attack, the group was traveling with local security forces. The conflict in the area has been continual for around three decades now. The State is mineral-rich, and the government encourages mineral extraction industries in the area. The rebel guerrilla group in the field strongly opposes this extraction, causing increased tensions.
Criticism Over Blackface Comments by Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and criticism, and her most recent comments have sparked more outrage. The journalist questioned why blackface is racist. As a result, several users provided a critical reaction on social media toward her. The question she asked, “what is racist?” during a discussion about inappropriate Halloween costumes, sparked the reactions. She explained, “Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character,” referring to white people painting their faces black for Halloween. She later apologized, writing, “The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.” Some of the feedback on twitter explained why many see the term blackface as offensive.
Journalist Held in Syria is Now Safe
Authorities released the Japanese freelance journalist by the name of Jumpei Yasuda. He confirmed that he is safe, and all is well. The journalist stayed in confinement for forty months. During the US-led offensive in Syria in 2004, Mr. Yasuda was held hostage and released after a few days. Reporters said that capture occurred by the al-Qaeda-linked group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which was once known as al-Nusra Front. The Japan Times reported that the group sought a $10m (£7.7m) ransom for Mr. Yasuda’s release.
Journalist Ridiculed on Reddit
A Russian journalist recently posted on Reddit as the editor of ‘Russia’s leading newspaper Pravda.’ He made this move as an invitation for people to ask him anything. It was an attempt to promote his work to a mostly Western audience. On the contrary, users accused his ‘independent’ news website of working as a tool of the State, and a majority of the over five thousand comments mocked it. He later explained that the domain name of Pravda.ru was not the same as his publication ‘Pravda Soviet newspaper.’ According to the renowned World Press Freedom Index, Russia is the 148th country for freedom of the press, with a “stifling atmosphere for independent journalists.”
Richard Baker Dies at 93
The renowned journalist passed away at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. His son, James, confirmed his father’s death to media outlets. BBC director-general Tony Hall was among those to pay tribute, saying he “became the face of news for millions.” He introduced the first BBC TV news bulletin broadcast in July 1954. He went on to present for Radio Two, Three, and Four as well. He was also a regular panelist on the TV classical music quiz show, Face the Music. Tony Hall described Baker as a “calm and assured presence who became the face of news for millions.”
Overall, the news media is continually facing criticism and even violence from politicians, businessmen and women, and corrupt officials, among others. As a result, journalists go to great lengths to uncover the truth, sometimes even paying with their lives. However, the work they do is vital and helps keep people informed about current events in journalism and other areas of interest. As time passes, one can only dream that the freedom of the press strengthens, and journalists can feel safer doing their jobs.
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