Humanity Vs Journalism
The real reason behind the advent of journalism if pure humanity and one can never deny this fact, however, journalism is itself a field of work that caters to none but itself. Hence, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that even though humanity was the reason behind the origin journalism, but itself is based off of humanity.
With the increase in use of social media platforms, journalists have one root cause – to break the news first with something not known to others or happening currently. He who gets the first update on all channels whether digital or electronic wins the race. Therefore, the desire for real journalism has been replaced by the desire for likes, tweets and shares. In fact, most media outlets presently are neither liberal nor conservative, but opportunistic.
We have come about such recent events where people have lost lives, news reports and journalists were there to cover the news but were unable to be of any help. Looking it from this point of view, the sound of letting one die to grab the largest eye view for ones channel may sound harsh and unacceptable but have we ever come across the thought that those individuals are also directed and questionable for their duty at that hour?
From a boy falling from the 10th floor of the State Life building to the man recently hit to the floor by a politician’s guard, we all witnessed the fact that journalists and news reporters stood to capture the video and pictures of the person, who was there in need of help, out of which many have lost their lives during the incident as well.
Our goal as journalists isn’t just to inform the public, but in fact to connect with them through stories, shared experiences, and the important developments in our world. But if our journalists discontinue highlighting these social crisis and events, then who will? There is no doubt that people are the reasons why journalism is in existence, without human beings there would be no subjects to write or talk about. But, bringing through scenarios important to be highlighted in the public view is also necessary, so that we may be acknowledged of the operations and lacking of our concerned government and private authorities. The dark and bitter truth of journalism is that you have to lose a bit of humanity once you enter this field of work.
Researching through the topic and debate subject, I came across a great quote, “The end of journalism, I believe, is to serve people in the most profound way possible. So you will need intelligence and experience to do this kind of work and also a sense of your own humanity.”
Being a journalist takes more than being able to just tell a story but also the capability to teach and have your story remembered. It is revealed to be a much stranger career path than you ever could’ve imagined. So, coming across the debate whether humanity leads over journalism or vice versa, we leave this question to our readers to think and let us know what they believe is more important – Humanity or Journalism?
Being a journalist takes more than being able to just tell a story but also the capability to teach and have your story remembered.
The desire for real journalism has been replaced by the desire for likes, tweets and shares.