Journalism’s Job


An article, “The Virologist,” and a chapter of a book called “Journalism of Verification” both talked about journalism with many good points, and this post is separated into those two sections.

“The Virologist”

In “The Virologist,” Emerson Spartz have created many sites. One of them is called “Dose,” and he wants to make this site “sticky,” meaning “attention-grabbing and easy to navigate,” according to the article. He wants to make viral sites and have people on his site longer and more often.

keyboard-typingLater in the article, Chelsea DeBaise posted an article, for example, called “No Matter How Much You Stare, You Won’t Be Able to Guess What These Photos Really Are Of.” Then she said, “there’s pretty defensive evidence that this version will get a better response.” I think she is right; that kind of headline will get people’s attention more than a normal boring headline. These kinds of headlines want me to click on the site to view the content, and I actually do when I see something like that on Facebook. People have come up with a clever headline that leads to the content, and makes you want to find out what it is.

At the end of the article, it talked about how Web sites know what kind of advertisements they should put on the page from what you have searched before, what you have bought, and so on. These ads will be different for everyone. Spartz said, “I can’t wait to start doing that with content.” That would be pretty cool if a content could do the same thing. At the same time, it would be little creepy because I would feel like the site knows more things about me than I do myself.

“Journalism of Verification”

I think the key phrase of this chapter was “discipline of verification.”
The phrase came up multiple times throughout the chapter. It even said, “clarifying such misunderstandings and improving the discipline of verification may be the most important step journalists can take in improving the quality of news and public discussion.”

imagesIn addition, the chapter also talked about the principles of a “scientific reporting,” and how they are a discipline of verification. I believe that these principles were right on point. I would not want journalists to be lying or misleading the information. We can only find out news/information of what is happening in the world today through what the reporters say and what the journalists write: “as a citizen, we all reply on other sources of information for most of what we know.” It would be horrible if journalists lie because then I wouldn’t know what and who to believe in, and won’t know what is the truth and what is not.

Related Articles:
Writing Headlines That Get Results
Principles of Journalism

Discussion Questions:
-What is the point of being journalists if they can’t tell the truth to the readers?
-Would people be thankful if a content starts showing up what you are interested in? Like what is happening with ads.


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