Student newspapers are bland and devoid of a context of reality.
But student newspapers are interesting not just because of their hyperbole (The Daily Helmsman has the gall to label itself as “fearless journalism”, yet merely work as junior stenographers who have not even risked a broken nail to get real information, delusion in the profession begins early), but because students voice their beliefs in an open forum, and illustrate just how poorly they are being prepared for the reality of adulthood.
Take this article from the aforementioned Helmsman:
Editors’ roundtable: Modern misconceptions about journalism
The article should have been renamed Modern delusions students of journalism hold about the profession they are studying, but that would require them to be fearless, which they are obviously not.
Let’s just take one of the “myths” they have in this piece:
Myth 4: Journalism is a dying industry.
It is beyond the dying stages, kiddies. It’s dead. The profession is not recovering because they have competition from these people who you blithely dismissed:
Myth 3: Bloggers and YouTubers do the same job as journalists.
There are bloggers who have far more experience and expertise as journalists. Dr. Jen Gunter, for instance, is a blogging doctor who debunked Toronto Star’s inaccurate exposé a few years ago, and there are others who have exposed propaganda and lies put out by the press. There are many who are on par with reporters, and those who are below, but to the public, the appeal is simple: they do not want a single entity to hold all the power of communications, and they will gladly trade off one for the other.
But do not knock those who work outside a corrupted system. I am blogging, and I have worked in the profession, and write books about the profession. To paint everyone with the same brush disproves:
Myth 1: Journalists twist everything you say.
Your own narrative and spin in the piece shows that at the very least budding journalists like to twist people’s perceptions. It is inconvenient for j-school students to contemplate the fact they made a bad choice in university major, and hence the are trying to spin perceptions to hide reality as if that would alter said reality. It doesn’t.
This is a manipulative little comfort piece. Students should question why journalism died and why the university or college who takes their money still allows a broken profession to be taught.
J-school students should be attune to the collapse of their profession. As for this knee-slapper:
Myth 5: American journalists hate the U.S.
American journalists do not understand their own country. They malign anyone whose ideology is not lockstep with their own. They do not actually support democracy; they support democracy so long as everyone believes what they believe. Fox News dislikes the Left. CNN dislikes the Right. It is time to stop pretending the press isn’t partisan. It is, and it has become propaganda once again.
Students should take the collapse of journalism seriously. They should keep track of job losses and outlet closures. They should see the media consolidation. They should be aware of the thinning of the news product, and every blunder made.
Otherwise, they are not fit to be chroniclers of reality. The world doesn’t need another mindless and dutiful stenographer who is insensitive to truth and reality.
Because that’s how journalism died in the first place.