Journalism was a profession that required great humility. Ego cannot drive you when you are looking for facts. You are a soldier who is liberating the truth from lies by creating a map of reality.
Facts speak for themselves, and people have the right to do with facts whatever they wish.
You dig for facts and find them. You do not have to use melodramatic music to expose a tyrant, for example: his tyranny is self-evident when you present facts.
How many Great Men would have been exposed as charlatans if only reporters used facts to tell the story, and not narrative colour.
But the profession destroyed itself when arrogance got in the way — and considering how many grifters use arrogance to present of façade of power, they should have realized that modesty was the way to go.
Yet even now you see that arrogance in every facet of the profession.
The aptly-named Charlatan, the student newspaper of Carleton University that has its own j-school program, has students making conceited decrees that the “public must support journalism.”
No, they don’t.
They do not need you when they have an outlet to express what is happening around them. Journalism is contingent on public goodwill. It is not a divine or necessary part of society.
Yes, people need information, but they don’t need journalists to give it to them. Not anymore. You are not going to get a job in the profession by trying to bamboozle people into thinking that you are indispensable to them.
Nice try, but people liberated themselves from journalism for a reason.
But even those out of j-school don’t get it. CNN plays the same feint with their own opinion piece that “With Trump on the attack, Congress must defend free press.”
No, they don’t. Congress does not have to do that to make your job easier. They are not your guardians, protectors, let alone servants. They are the people who you must keep a watch on without expecting them to ever make your job easier.
There is no They to clean up your messes or have an obligation to do anything for you. Journalists aren’t making any true or deep systemic changes to their profession because they still think some They will make everything good and right for them again.
There is no They. You have to fight for your place in the world. Do not expect fear or pity to turn your fortunes around.
Because They is a lie and a figment of your imagination and will not come to rescue you no matter what kind of temper tantrum you throw…