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Journalism

Good afternoon ladies and gentelmen,

The topic I was given today is abou journalism and in my presentation I’ll focus
on 3 major issues connected with it.

There can be no shadow of a doubt that media nowadays exercises


tremendous influence on public opinion and it seems that over the last few
decades, we’ve seen a tendency of the media to sensationalise events inn a
way that overshadows other relevant information going towards media circus.

First and foremost, the process of tabloidization is often associated with a


decline in the standards of prefessional journalism, going hand in hand
frequently with media circus. But what is media circus?

Off the top of my head, If I had to rack my brains for a definition of the term
media circus, I would say that the media circus s a colloquial methaphor or
idiom describing a news event for which the level of media coverage is
percieved to be excessive or out of proportion to the event of being covered.
This is generally measured bu such factors as the members of reportes at the
scene and the amount of material broadcasat or published.

It stands to reason that people want to be informed about breaking news and
important events that are happening in the world, but when do news companies
cross the line from being informative to bombarding us with senseless updates.
In a society where it seems we’re addicted to drama, it make sense that news
companies jump on the media band wagon in the hope of being able to claim
responsibility for providing us with a breaking development in the latest terrorist
attack, pprotest march or who the next president of the US is going to be. It
seems like we trudge along on a daily basis with the normal dull new stories
waiting for the day when the stock market crushes, or the latest political
corruption scandal happens and then it seems that we completely divert our
attention to these stories at the expense of anything else that may be
happening around the world. At other times when things are more, dare I say
peaceful, it seems that headlines focus more on the lates viral video to hit
youtube or any kind of nonsense, simply to fill the space. And I get it, it’s like
a selfpreservation mechanism. We’re addected to the boom and gloom with
which the news provides us. We’re living in a gossip society, focused on how
people perfom and behave in the spotlight. Give us a juicy scandal to sink our
teeth into and we’re generally happy.

Moving on our livelihood or indeed our lives could be at stake if we don’t take
heed of what’s going on in the world. We’re are glued to our TV screens and
guzzling down every piece of information we can get our hands on. But
nevertheless, ignorance can be bliss. We live in a world of choice and that’s
what the media provides to a certain extent. We have numerous outlets. Some
left wing, others right. One side will tell you that a million people attended a
protest on women’s rights while the other will stateit was half of that. So haw
can we be critical enough with what we see and hear. In this day and age it
seems more crucial than ever to know what the truth is, but it seems that the
truth nowadays is multifaceted and totally dependant on where you get your
informaation from. For ex. America and Britain accused of harbouring weapons
of mass destruction. Tabloids helped to point the finger and now 10 years later
the media attention turns to North Korea, while we cover up the ruins left in Iraq.
Cross-referencing information is the only way that we can really tell if Russia is
really on the verge of attacking the US or if unemployment numbers are really
dropping in Spain. We live in a global village and most of us will know people
from all four cornes of the planet at this point. Social media allows us to keep in
contact with each other and perhaps bu communicating with people that we
know we can hear information from the horse’s mouth. Perhaps someone you
know in Japan or in The Middle East can shed some light on the current
situation in North Korea instead of depending on hearsay and Chinese
whispers. The bottom line is that it’s mostly near to impossible to know what the
truth is nowadays. With serious issues it can sometimes take decades before
the truth surfaces. The government has the media wrapped around their fingers.
Nonetheless, we’re living in a big brother society. The media has eyes
everywhere. In spite of this I would agree that the most trustworthy media, in
spite of it’s inevitably biases would have to be the news channels that grace our
tv’s on a daily basis nd the newspapers we buy from shop corners or read
online. The powers that may be well have a hidden agenda that they are
dissiminating trough censorship of this media but it’s all that we have at the
moment. At the same time there is pressure on journalists to come up with
meaningful content and they have to be bolder in filtering out the nonsense and
reporting what matters.

Last but not least, technology has altered the information ecosystem by
displacing media and journalists from the exclusive role of editorial mediation.
As new technnology transitions into the mainstream, traditional media outles
have to adapt to the new technology to reach consumers.

To sum up, it would suffice to say that we reached a point of information


overload around 20 years ago. Now we’re swimming in an ocean of it and
walking around with our minds numb and for reporters the fear of missing out on
a top story must be overwhelming.