In lieu of today’s conversation about the present state of journalism, I have formally decided to express my opinion that we cannot all be journalists. Throughout the turn of the century, the digital era has really given accessibility to consumers to become producers of content. I encounter more blogs and unprofessional news articles nowadays on social media platforms, that I have forced myself to be more weary of credibility. The difference between someone who has a professional background in journalism and an average consumer who produces news-type content is credibility.
My perspective is based around trust, and I trust a writer that has worked for notable news organizations throughout his career a hundred times over the average citizen who feels it necessary to write his or her personal account of an “unbiased” news story.
Let me put it this way. If we are all journalist, then we are all artist. We are all businessmen. We are all professional athletes. We are everything that our heart desires. If you think about it that way, then you can understand how false it is to claim to be a a reporter when one has not had the professional experience, educational credibility, or the connections to sources that once only obtains through years of reporting.
In this article titled, “We Can Do Better: The Overlooked Importance of Professional Journalism,” author Dan Redding of Smashing Magazine outlines the difference between real journalism and blogging. He also explains the weight of responsibility associated with being a reporter and the importance of originality, which I believe is a factor to differentiate between faux-journalism and professional accounts:
Smashing Magazine is a publication dedicated to producing content about the latest trends and best practices in web development since 2006.
We need to pay more attention to where our news is coming from and who is producing it. End of story.