Journalism is more than just newspaper articles, radio reports and television reporters. It is a network of many elements that come together to form a story. But even as the story is still about to be made or is in the process of being unfolded, rules and principles are still to be followed. These guidelines become the backbone of responsible journalism.
Shiny and New
News must always be new. Sounds like a joke, but people do roll their eyes at “old news.” If news were to report that Madame Tussaud’s Museum showcases wax figures, people would not be surprised or interested at all. Since it is expected that majority of the human race know about it. But if the news were to say that Madame Tussaud’s collection of wax figures expanded to make room for Miss Universe 2018, Pia Wurtszbach, people would now be interested. The newer and fresher the news, the better. Also, it’s good to keep it short and concise. What the readers love most is a piece that is straight to the point. If a report or simple blog is to be made about Amsterdam’s canal tour, a long narrative wouldn’t interest any reader. Make it short yet interesting. Use less flowering words and describe it as shortly as possible.
Simplicity is Beauty
The use of big words and jargons never benefitted anybody. Using the simplest words invites a bigger and less-specific crowd. A lot more people would understand the piece, therefore a lot more could appreciate it. Make it a piece for the masses.
If the piece being written or blogged about does not impact anybody, then stop making it. Journalism is not a self-serving profession or passion. It is created to make a difference in people’s lives. So the news, blog and vlogs should help inform or improve the lives of those who are staying tuned. Whatever is happening in the Now peaks the interests of all people, that is why talking or writing about Now is so important.
Time is of essence – even in the news. As mentioned earlier, the Now impacts all people. Since whatever is currently happening involves everybody else, this becomes the main reason as to why people’s attention are captured by the news. That is why the faster the news is delivered, the better.
Stranger and Stranger
Nobody attracts the curious such as the curious themselves. Whatever peculiar event has occurred is encouraged to be reported. Pictures also come into play here to provide proof. So, in reporting “strange” and “curious” things, evidence must also be provided. Otherwise, the story would just be regarded as gossip. Responsible journalism requires everyone to be fact-based. News must be based on the truth. Reports must be made with research and investigation. Before concluding anything, one must have gathered information from both sides of the story and presented it in the piece. This way, bias is eliminated and a more reliable conclusion can be derived. In journalism, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is of utmost importance.