I do believe in real journalists!

One my favorite scenes in the classic play and film “Peter Pan”  is when Peter revived  Tinkerbell by yelling ” I do believe in fairies! I do believe in fairies!”  Poor Tinkerbell dropped down dead because someone said ” there is no such thing as fairies.” How tragic that something or someone’s very existence be dependant upon the belief of other’s.

Fun Link: Peter Pan explaining the existence of fairies to Wendy

( 0:27-1:22)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL7twzkhXcc&feature=related

In the same way that Peter brought Tinkerbell back by proclaiming his belief in fairies, there are people who are trying to revive society’s belief in real journalism and journalists…and I am one of them.

“Back in the day,” academic and professional training were both necessary in order to be a” real journalist.” Today it seems like anyone with an opinion and a laptop can market themselves as a journalist.

Many  in the field of journalism have mixed feelings about this. For example, some feel that bloggers are real journalists , while others feel that training and experience are necessary to produce credible journalistic material.

Recent polls show that 52 percent of bloggers consider themselves journalists, but I wonder what percentage of that 52 percent have actually studied the history journalism and know what it is?

(This blog offers great insight into this debate.) http://blog.journalistics.com/2010/are-bloggers-journalists/

Does possessing the ability to write a complete sentence and take a picture give an individual the right to call themselves a journalist?

As a journalism student, I do not take kindly to people acting as though journalism is something that anyone with half a brain can do with ease.

Blogging is great because it grants people a venue to express themselves without many restrictions; however, that lack of restriction is part of the reason many people don’t consider blogging “real journalism.”

A person can write 600 words in a blog and swear the information included is true.

Journalism is “the reporting and gathering of factual and credible information that’s used to inform and educate people.” So, if you take the factual and credible aspects away…what are you left with?

I am very interested to hear how others feel about this topic. I believe in real journalism that’s produced by real, skilled, ethical journalists; but what about the rest of the country? Are professional journalists on the verge of extinction, or can the profession be revived through the belief of the consumer?  Only time will tell.

A consummate professional in training speaks.

Hello World,

I know that everyone has been awaiting the arrival of a young person who cares more about networking and building a career than  next week’s episode of “Jersey Shore”…well the wait is over!

Considering that I am a college student who is constantly surrounded with people my own age, I often find that I am the minority.

When I say minority, I don’t mean racially or culturally (even though I am in those regards as well), but I am referring to the minimal  amount of people my age who truly know what it means to be a professional.

Why don’t more students understand and appreciate the fact that this is our time to learn how to function professionally? We are being given the opportunity to learn now, so that we don’t have to learn the hard way later on in life when not knowing could be detrimental.

I understand that everyone is different. For some, college is just something they do because they were forced or because they didn’t have anything else to do with their lives;  and this post is not in reference to them. I am talking about the people who stroll around and praise themselves as being professionals when they don’t know the first thing about it.

Contrary to popular belief, there is more to being professional than owning a suit and tie. Along those same lines, just because you hold a position of authority doesn’t mean that you know how to handle that authority appropriately.

I am sick of going to meetings and other professional functions and seeing my peers dressed as though they just got done working in a garden or a landfill.

It is always amusing to me when people don’t understand that the internet and social media are more than just toys for grown ups. If used recklessly, they can destroy your reputation and potential career possibilities in the future.

I have sat next to people in meetings who try and represent themselves as the so-called “best of the best,” but little do they know, everyone in the room has seen the racy  pictures they posted on Facebook the day before.

This is not to say that I haven’t made some professional and academic mistakes, because I have. But making mistakes isn’t a bad thing… not learning from them is.

Since I am not yet the shining beacon of professionalism I aspire to be, I will continue to take any and every opportunity to learn and advance myself for the better; while at the same time providing my peers with information that will hopefully help them do the same.

This is my first professional blog ,s ope that it will aid me in my quests for networking, educated dialog and professional advancement. If I am the affective journalist I think I am, this blog will help others do the same.

I am interested to see what kind of dialog my posts stir up. I am a firm believer that you can grow and learn from every situation…even ones in which people do not agree with you. So stay tuned…this should be interesting.