Student Journalism— Poor Excuse for Shitty Journalism

Good journalism educates people about events going on in the world. It makes readers aware of things that may be occurring outside of their personal bubbles. It is typically the goal of journalists to provide objective, timely, relevant stories to the general public. The imperative of journalists is to be clear and concise when conveying information to readers. However, that doesn’t mean one has to sacrifice all signs of style in one’s writing. There is simply no excuse for bad writing. Student journalists rest on their laurels as journalists, claiming their position imbues with “freedom of expression”—until they’re criticized. Then they claim, “I’m just a student,” as if that excuses them from any shitty thing they write, but that doesn’t cut it in the media world. You can’t have it both ways. Students are not excused from the basic expectations of journalistic writing simply for being students. If anything, students should be more adept at writing and should be held at higher standards, considering they are at the pinnacle of their educational careers and spend the majority of their week in classes where their writing skills are assessed by accredited
professors. Basic news reporting doesn’t require a Shakespearean command of the English language, but that doesn’t mean it takes no creative thought to string together words and ideas in pleasing ways. It is said that the youth are the most creative and as we grow up, and we lose our untainted, idealistic view of the world, but you sure wouldn’t be able to tell by the way these kids write. The lack of technique found in some student work is astounding. The headlines have astonishingly little pizzazz to entice the passerby from reading the article, let alone pick up the whole paper. If headlines are the hook that is supposed to pull the reader in, it’s no surprise that the article that follows is just a collection of uninteresting words attempting to convey some ideas to a reader. It is the view of the editorial board of this publication, comprised wholly of students, that the work of such publications should meet, if not exceed the expectations and standards of traditional print media. That means false stories, explicit bias and other such trademarks expected of all American media. From Breitbart to The New York Times to The National Enquirer, readers invest a certain hope in media outlets that the most titillating and rabble rousing matters are to appear on the front page. Readers
shouldn’t have to long for the day when they were told what to believe and how to believe. it. That day should be TODAY. Expression is a form of communication that should be protected at all costs–truth, integrity, and dignity of the author and the whole staff of a publication. Writers should be putting the reputation of the entire paper on the line with every disparaging and inaccurate headline and every out-of-context and irrelevant quote. As long as the Constitution is alive and well, so too should the presses and the cogs of propagandist mass media machine. Student journalists are our future and in their pens live the expectations all past journalists have imbued as the toll keepers of knowledge to society. With this role comes the eternal duty to dispel truth and circulate truth-tinged falsehoods. It’s not called “olds”, but “news” because the purpose is to inject new beliefs into the public mind. With that, we beseech you, young journalists to reevaluate your role and uphold the time-honored tradition that media must fulfill, that it owes to the public readership, please stop with the bad journalism and return to the standards America expects

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