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Journalism & Communication
Pages 8 (2008 words)
The Social Role of Journalism A journalist's job is to look for new information that would be of interest to his audience and present it in an objective way. A journalist must be able to choose from millions of things that happen every day and pick those particular incidents that may be of maximum interest to his audience.
But journalists have a responsibility to accurately and objectively present events that enrich society and makes it more aware so that humans can build a better future. This is especially more so in the present age of internet and citizen journalism, when anyone can go online and post news and opinions. This increases professional journalists responsibility to check the facts and present only the complete and objective truth. This essay shall argue that news is not a commodity and that journalists have a social responsibility and when they do not follow this basic mandate of journalism, both the society and the journalist suffer. The essay shall also look at the counter arguments and justify the reasons why those arguments are not valid. Objective and well-researched journalism not only keeps us informed but also helps strengthen the democracy. According to Kovach (2005), "journalism enables us as citizens to have our voices heard in the chambers of power". In the twenty first century, when blogs and other social media can quickly reach the politicians, it may be argued that citizens no longer need journalists to give them a voice. However, journalists do more than let the citizen's voice be heard. ...
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