Journalism is somewhat like a mirror of the society. It aims to inform the people about what is happening in their particular area. It is the watchdog; the fourth estate. I chose this particular site because I think it really helped me learn more about Journalism.
This website actually contains the current and archived writings of Prof. Luis V. Teodoro. He is actually a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, where he teaches journalism. He also writes political commentary for BusinessWorld.
I chose this site because I think Teodoro’s writing taught me so much about journalism. In particular, his article ‘(Re)Defining News’ was what struck me the most. It talks a lot about how news the most basic of all forms and at the same time the most crucial in the media’s informational function. But according to him, journalists also see news as the most problematic in both concept and practice.
I learned that ‘news is first of all an account of something recent (timeliness). It is also a report that is of interest to readers, and third, significant to them not only because it can affect their lives, but also because it happened in their immediate community (proximity and relevance). Even more critically, news must be accurate, and not only in the sense that it gets the names, dates and places right, but also in terms of presenting “the larger truths” in a given issue and in society in general.’
I would recommend other aspiring journalists to read Teodoro’s article, most especially the news writers. I hope that others would gain a lot more knowledge from this as I have, and apply the things they have learned in their writing. [continues]
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