Objectivity

Today, during our second lecture for this class, an interesting point was raised about how objectivity plays a role when there is an event you are interested in on a personal level. The question was about whether or not a reporter should attend an event that might risk the objectivity that is required and expected of journalists.

My teachers in the J-School have said to avoid clothing that displays logos for organizations, and some teachers have recommended not to volunteer with organizations in order to maintain objectivity. While that made sense to me, I don’t know that I had considered the extent to which events and other things I am involved in in my personal life could impact my professional career. We’re not even a week into class and I’ve already learned that to be a good journalist, there are sacrifices I will have to make in my personal life, from what groups I can participate in to how my social media accounts appear to the public.

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