Professionalism is something that is slipping away every day. I think that it needs to be a bigger part of the world because when professionalism is lost, things become chaotic. Some of the elements this group specifically talked about were granting confidentiality to their sources. This is an element of professionalism because we are adults. If you tell someone you will not reveal their name, and you reveal their name, that is totally breaking a trust you had with them and that is definitely not professional. I found an article that you can see by clicking HERE and it is about breaking trust. This is extremely unprofessional and if you want to remain in the market with a job, you need to make sure to stay professional and remain honest in all of your doings.
Another element of being professional in journalism in detaching yourself from the story. Sometimes you will have to write a story about something you do not agree with but in order to remain professional, you must write it without any bias and get down the facts. I found a really interesting clip of speakers in a panel discussing how to remain professional in a field that can be a little bit malicious and crazy at times. Click HERE to view it. I really like how he addresses being professional in this field in other countries as well because it gave me another perspective to this idea.
When I was looking online at something that could better explain a professional, I found some great definitions on Wikipedia. Click HERE to see them because I think that they sum up what it means to be professional in todays day in age. The definition that stood out to me most said: “Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.” The part that says having interest and desire to so a job well… that is exactly what the world needs. If this methodology were in place today, the whole world would seem a whole lot more professional.
This picture is ironic because professionalism is EVERYONE’S job. 🙂
One of this group’s biggest points is enforcing Journalism’s first loyalty is to citizens. This pretty much means that the person writing the news needs to know the audience. You are not writing for yourself because what you want to hear about and think is important, is different from what the audience wants to hear about. The citizens are your audience and you need to be making sure to meet their needs. They also talked about an idea of a wall that was in place where the writer wrote and never heard anything from their viewers for feedback and there was no connection between the two. The wall separated the writer from the reader and that is a huge problem. There needs to be more like a mesh net. The two need to be connected so that the writer can successfully make their point go across to those who will be reading it.
The is an article I found that discusses the importance of being loyal first, to the citizens if you click HERE. It discusses that the writer needs to be honest with the readers and keep them informed on the truth. They need to write about what they would want to hear and not hind things just because they can. If they want the trust of their audience, they need to remain honest and always put their opinion first.
If you click HERE you can see an article I found that is also explaining the purpose of being loyal to the citizens. There is a quote from that article that I think really hits home to this fact and it is pretty self explanatory. It says, “A commitment to citizens is more than professional egoism. It is the implied covenant with the public…. The notion that those who report the news are not obstructed from digging up and telling the truth—even at the expense of the owners’ other financial interests.”
When this group preformed, I thought about what I have learned in my other comms classes thus far. In my first broadcasting class, Comms 275, we learned a lot about the importance of speaking the truth. Something I did not realize before applying to my major is that if you do anything untruthful in the news, you lose trust. That is the hard truth. People will not watch or listen to you if in the past you have given inaccurate data. The news is all about going to the paper or turning on your tv and getting accurate information. If you break the trust of the viewers, or your boss, you are out of a job. I had never thought of that before but it makes sense.
I think one of the biggest opposites from the news are politicians. They often say what we want them to say and do not speak truth. They have a hard time genuinely gaining the trust of the citizens because people know politicians are known for lying. They want to appear to be the best and they do what they have to, for this to happen. If you click HERE you can see a debate between politicians. I would like to believe many things they are saying but often times I cannot.
I am not trying to stir anything up but in my opinion Mitt Romney will be the best candidate. I feel like he is very honest and he is just a great guy. He is in my home ward and I have known him for quite some time and he has always been such a nice, good person. When he talks about him views, I do think he is being truthful and says the right things, because he is just that good. Click HERE to view some of his debating.
Lastly, I found an article HERE talking about truth and I think it applies to journalism at BYU because if we want to have God on our side, we need to be truthful. God can also lead us to the truth by the spirit.