Journalists, like writers, can get overlooked because they work in the news business.
Most people have a preconceived notion of what they think of a “journalist.”
While most of them do a good job, there are certainly some that work above and beyond what the profession is generally known for.
Your employees are also people, and they come in many shapes and sizes
Just because they work for your company, it does not mean you can ignore the other types of people your employees represent.
We all do need to respect the person behind the work, even if they’re in a different industry or take on jobs you’d never even consider.
To find out what it is that makes a great journalist, let’s look at why and how great journalism works, how they go about producing stories, and why being a good journalist is often in the job description of a great company.
Like We Like to Do Things Better In the journalism industry, the principles of storytelling and what it means to produce good, objective journalism have been taught for many years.
In addition to the journalistic concepts taught in schools, various training schools and programs are available, including both local and regional programs.
Online training programs, such as Coursera and online classes from organizations like Harvard Business School, can provide the perfect complement to in-person training.
Whether you’re a student just getting started on your journalism career or a veteran journalist who wants to sharpen your skills, these online training programs are a great place to start.
Great journalists share their experience several times in the history of journalism, stories were written in which not only did the author have a bias, but an agenda.
These biased stories were at times not even accurate, were written by people who had a long history of advancing a particular political agenda, or were written to promote favorite business interests.
A journalist can be your friend, your enemy, your worst nightmare, or anything in between
However, to appreciate your friend, it is important to understand what the journalist’s job is and to be aware of the power they possess.
In The Washington Post, Adam Entous wrote the “Pakistani payments to Imran Awan” story about the IT aide to former Democratic House members.
Awan allegedly managed servers for over 100 Democratic Members of Congress, had access to a slew of confidential information, and even reportedly housed the equipment in his own home.
After this article was published, many conservatives accused the Post of bias because Awan was Muslim and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) donated to Awan’s wife.
In response, Entous did an extensive investigation into the story and found no evidence of bias. He even had a source on the Awans: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office.
Interestingly, Entous found a man who worked for Wasserman Schultz saying she called him after he revealed the fact that he was fired for investigating Imran Awan’s use of House equipment.
Ultimately, the story was a simple example of investigative journalism at its best. The reporter unearthed evidence, questioned the source, verified the validity of the evidence, and then put it in front of readers in a way that allowed them to decide for themselves whether the story was true or false.
Journalists are doing the same thing every day and the act of blogging on Medium or other news sites takes a lot of work
However, it is important to note that they are not pulling out the old Post, Newsweek, or Huffington Post template that many conservatives criticize.
What many conservatives do not understand is that bloggers, for example, do not have to pay for internet servers, and they do not pay webmaster’s fees to have the content appear on Google.
Many of the most popular news sites on the internet, including The Huffington Post and Vox, have relied on links and other such methods to allow readers to find stories and find them for free.
Liberal publications, however, usually pay to publish a story on their site, and that means they are paying for the SEO the story receives.
Of course, conservatives will argue that HuffPo has been around forever and it will not be changed, and that might be true.
However, Huffington Post did not get the idea for their site from a 90s magazine that continues to pull in revenue that is not dependent on the readers finding it for free.
Conservative websites, on the other hand, have to pay for their servers, webmaster’s fees, SEO, and so on
The fact that conservative sites can still publish new stories for free and link to existing ones at no cost proves how liberal sites exploit the Internet.
Conservatives also do not recognize that at its heart, the entire liberal community is motivated by profits and that they only publish controversial topics because of a desire to make as much money as possible.
This understanding of liberal culture has to lead many conservatives to view online media in the same way they view liberal talk radio: as an opportunity to share their views on television, and to protest to the mainstream media outlets that they believe are guilty of silencing their voices.
Conservatives do not hate the media. It is simply a tool for the left to achieve its goals, and it is therefore unfortunate that many conservatives cannot understand that.