Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few become as renowned as
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two reporters from The Washington Post
who broke the story of the Watergate break-ins in the 1970s. Their front-page
articles were responsible for forcing President Richard Nixon to resign.
But what other famous journalists can you name? Th... (more)
The New York Times is losing more than readers these days. The newspaper once
again faces an
The New York Times - Embarassed Again
embarrassing charge of plagiarism by one of its reporters.
According to a recent post on www.Breitbart.com, the Times has opened an
investigation on a Wall Street and finance reporter who seemed unable to word
his own stories. Zachery Kouwe has been charged with using words virtually
cut and pasted from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other sources
without attribution. The Wall Street Journal alerted the Times of Kouwe’s
naughty deeds and the in... (more)
“What are you going to do when you grow up?” you ask your kids.
Most children don’t have a clue, so they answer with “fireman,”
“policeman,” “doctor” or other such highly visible and seemingly
exciting occupation. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child answer,
“Journalist! I want to be a journalist!” The idea to be a journalist
usually comes a little later as they experience their world and see the vast
variety of career choices they actually have.
But why be a journalist? Here are four possible motives for being a
journalist, and more particularly, a citizen journalist.
Motive #1... (more)
The important question, "Who am I?" can be answered many ways. When my mother
was in her 90s she still referred to my brother and me as her kids. So I am a
kid, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a boss, a writer, a
speaker, a basketball player, a sinner (though redeemed), a senior, a
teacher, and much more.
Your list of "I ams" could be longer or shorter depending on how long and how
audacious a life you have lived. But your list of "I ams" does not tell the
whole story of you.
Some of your "I ams" are lies told to you by unkind people. A teacher might
have said, "Y... (more)
Citizen Journalist on Ulitzer
The American Revolution produced many notable newspapermen who wrote
passionately in support of independence and who injected into their writings
the idea of a free press. Many of their writings helped develop the press
freedoms that were written into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
That is why the United States has been the world leader for press freedom for
well over 200 years. The US press earned the title of the “Fourth Estate”
because it positioned itself as a watchdog over the government.
This privileged press status is unique to the US a... (more)