Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir The Beautiful Struggle brilliantly depicts a coming of age story whilst growing up in West Baltimore. The book addresses many elements of the African-American community at a particularly turbulent period where society was engaging in so many racially divided behaviors. Coates’ way of looking beyond his family’s struggles to the larger issues in the country at the time reads very fluidly and … Continue reading Book Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikelihood to Road to Manhood”
For my final paper, I shall look into the fundamental relationship between the media in the United States and terrorism. Indeed, there has been a couple of examples recently that have portrayed this mutually beneficial link between both, especially after the 9/11 coverage. Ultimately, I wish to understand how far this sort of relationship can be considered acceptable when thinking about what journalism truly means and its … Continue reading American coverage of terrorism: An inquiry
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the role of the online sphere in the journalism world, particularly with regards to the comment section. Many believe that there is now a contradiction between what is published on paper as opposed to online. Usually, papers require approved sources that are credible and relevant to a story and that is also the case for citizens who … Continue reading Is Anonymity Ethical?
Mark Garfinkel, a staff photographer from the Boston Herald, came to Northeastern University to talk about some of the ethics behind photojournalism. Certainly, this is a topic I had never thought of before – especially with regards to ethics. Garfinkel discussed some of the challenges journalism photographers have to face in today’s age, where major newspapers are unwilling to publish photos that could possibly be … Continue reading Ethical Photojournalism
The Journalist and The Murderer takes a critical point of view on the ethical responsibilities a reporter must account for when forming a relationship with a subject. The author, Janet Malcolm, examines and critiques the inherent imbalances between a journalist and the subject through the very well known case of Joe McGinniss vs Jeffrey MacDonald. In 1979, MacDonald was convicted of first and second degree murder of his … Continue reading Book Review: Janet Malcolm, “The Journalist and the Murderer”
Every journalist is expected to uphold certain standards and guidelines with regards to using direct quotes for a piece. The most frequently used formula to determine how one should insert quotations stems from the Associated Press Stylebook and reads as follow: “Never alter quotations even to correct minor grammatical errors or word usage. Casual minor tongue slips may be removed by using ellipses but even … Continue reading Effective Quoting
Date: June 3, 2015 To: Jann Wenner From: Diane Keusseoglou Subject: Future Recommendations The investigative report on the alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, published last November, raises some serious journalistic failures that are deeply concerning. Firstly, I would like to insist that exposing such a crime to the public should be taken with a lot more thoughtfulness as this is a highly sensitive subject. … Continue reading Journalistic Failures: Rolling Stone