What is a journalist’s job?

Note: I have centre-left bias, I’m trying to present this in an unbiased way. If I link to a website I will do my best to label each websites bias so you can have an informed decision. Some of the sites linked do have a paywall in which you can use a site like archive.org or archive.today to read the content if you don’t have any account on that site.

According to Merriam-Webster(unbiased) the definition of a journalist is “a person who is engaged in journalism (especially a writer or editor for a news medium), or a writer who aims at a mass audience.” A journalist doesn’t have to be someone who works at a news company, it could be someone who posts about news of any sort anywhere.

Now that we have the definition it’s time to ask what is a journalist’s job? A journalist mostly posts about the news, that could be in written, audio, or even video form. Some journalist’s find their own stories to publish which could mean spending a ton of time finding a good story(least bias), talking to insiders(unbiased), asking for comment from those involved in the story (left-centre bias) and writing a complete story (unbiased). Some journalists also get press releases(unbiased) and write about it. Journalist’s also talk what has already been posted by another journalist and rewrite it slightly.

As with everything in life, not everyone will be happy with what you do. When a journalist writes something positive about a company, then their competitor hates the journalist. If the journalist writes something negative about a company, then the company hates the journalist. If the journalist writes about a group of people negatively then that group of people hates the journalist. Sometimes when someone hates someone else like a journalist they go on and rant or harass that person, most likely through any method including social media(fact checking), email (right-centre bias), phone calls (unbiased), and by mail or in-person (unbiased). “and all reporters, should be able to do their jobs without facing harassment”, says Choire Sicha who is the editor of the New York Times Styles desk (left bias).

Being a journalist isn’t easy, but I encourage every journalist to continue to report the facts, dig deep and find stories that others aren’t reporting do a story on them, take all comments with a grain of salt (unbiased), and be bold.

I’m posting this as part of 100 Days To Offload (post number 40).


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