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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Journalism in Today's World

Journalists are regarded as a ‘watchdog’ for the public and whose job is to keep the powerful in check. With this idea of the media acting as protectors of the public, it seems that the media acts as a '4th estate' (the other three consisting of: the Lords Temporal, Lords Spiritual and Commons); and which is more powerful than them all. In theory all estates' priorities are the same yet, when newspapers etc first came about, “journalism had assumed greater importance than the three estates,” This should mean that the media are vigilant over those in elite positions in order to make sure they do not abuse their power. 

Yet, is this the case nowadays? With the public calling out all media platforms on their bias views & articles reported with little evidence on a claim, it is often difficult for the media to remain a watchdog for the public. Is this simply because of constrictions within work, such as time-limits? Or, are we going back to 'old fashioned' journalism where our reporters are actually being influenced (*cough paid*) by the people around them? In the UK, newspapers are meant to be neutral and unbiased towards any political party yet, it is clear which paper you are meant to buy if you support Labour or Tory. In today's society we face enough corruption from bankers, politicians e.g. that we don't need our own journalists following suit. It is up to the media, in order to fully fulfill their role as watchdog, to alert the public about this exploitation of authority. 

Yes, this post could be seen as highly contradicting as I, too, hope to soon be a journalist. But I hope by the time I get my degree times will have changed. The media will report solely on the interest of the public, give the readers what they need to know about today's world alongside what they want to know. Not just filter information which has been given from higher authorities. 

Eve xo

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