Questioning who to write for is an issue that plagues many hopeful and aspiring journalists. Even those who don’t academically study the profession of journalism can still one day write in their chosen field. Who to write for, professionally or not, is a question which boils down to one of two choices: Publication or freelance work.
“I want to make fucking movies man”, nineteen year-old, Communication and Media Studies student Brad Sullivan answered rather enthusiastically when I put the question to him of what unrealistic goals he has.
Objectivity, information without bias, is considered the apex of authority in media. However with individuals hesitant to pay to be informed, it can be assumed that information that fits an opinion or predisposition to a particular audience is what will be tolerated.
Media coverage over national events and scandals bring about the need for consistent scrutiny over facts put to print. However, in several instances newspapers have prioritized swiftness over accuracy in an effort to be the first to publicize events.