Students and journalism professors routinely ignore the realities of the news business and focus too much on idealistic notions, so says former reporter, editor and publisher Theodore Dawes in an essay in the American Thinker.
Not only do most journalism students and their instructors fail to acknowledge the whole point behind publishing newspapers (to make money, he says), but Dawes adds, “They live in never-never land, where the facts of life are secondary to ideological engagement.”
What kind of “ideological engagement” are we talking about? To “take verbal arms against the world’s injustices, as defined by the world’s professors,” Dawes says, noting that “most American newsrooms” are populated by liberal-leaning folks who opp0se guns, support Democrats and think businesspeople are greedy.
Dawes also takes aim at the notion of journalistic “objectivity,” at the so-called impenetrable wall between the business side and the editorial side of news organizations (“to ensure the reporters aren’t influenced by the grubby exchange of cash going on elsewhere in the building”) and suggests that the reason newspaper reporters are paid so little in comparison to other college grads is because “reporters aren’t working for similar rewards as those in business. They are out to save the world.”
Take a gander at his arguments in “The Fall of Journalism” on the American Thinker‘s web site. Do his assertions have merit? Why or why not?
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