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Journalism & Communication
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Student's Name & Course Number: Journalism Portfolio (http://www.theleader.com.au/) 10 September 2011 (word count – 1,357) Introduction Journalism plays a big part in the shaping of public opinion and as such should carry a lot of weight or truth in it. Unfortunately, most of the news today do not reflect such highly esteemed objective and newspapers are more geared towards producing profits for its owners.
Most news may be intended to deflect or defuse public opinion on matters of great importance and editors can influence the direction of how opinion is shaped. When a newspaper is owned by a politician, then there might be truth to the statement that “news is what someone, somewhere wants concealed” as in the case of Italy today. As mentioned earlier, this newspaper is mostly of community-type of publication and so most of its stories are local in nature. Most of the sources were the local news reporters that had gathered the news scoop within their areas. However, some of the news with a wider look such as global news content had been rehashes (re-written) of global news organizations as it has no capability of news gathering that is global in scope. Anyway, this is the trend today in most news organizations whereby they become aggregators of various news sources which it had deemed newsworthy to be included in their own publications. In the Internet age today, it is far more economical to just subscribe to some big news organizations like CNN or Time to syndicate the same news materials and ask a reporter to re-write it with a local background. ...
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