Everyone can be a journalist ! Even you can be one !

by pascaleworld on February 3, 2017 - 10:41am

Fake news are all over the place. EVeryone is talking about it, even the president of the United-States: Donald Trump. The awareness of fake news has raised, but it is hard to find the truth. " How can we find the truth? How can we learn to differ fake news from the real ones? ". Nowadays, everyone can write a post on Internet and call themselves a journalist. It is now hard to define what a journalist really is. "Is a journalist someone who works for a newspaper company? Or is it just someone that reports something on social medials?". Many questions are unanswered, but we are being given the tools to confirm the reliability of our news now.

 

 Ellie Bruckner decided to talk about it in her article " BRUCKNER: President Trump poses threat to freedom of the press" published the first of February on the Daily Nebraskan. You may wonder if her article is fake or not, as she writes a lot about her opinion, but the facts she uses are always linked to another article. She gives to the reader the possibility to look at the sources she used. In general, she explains how Trump is trying to reduce the media's credibility and as well their work. Right from the beginning of her article, she refers to the inauguration day and the protests that occured the same day. This is something I already knew, but she then proceeds to report the number of journalists and protesters arrested afterwads. She also believes Trump is pressuring the media, trying to prevent them from writing more articles, starting with arresting them during the protests. Furthermore, Donald Trump has been "clashing"  with many of our popular news source such as New York Times, claiming they are all posting fake news. Really ironic when we think about everything Trump said even before he becomes president. In addition, Bruckner quotes Donald Trump's words said towards the media multiple times. It shows us how poorly is Trump's opinion about them. Moreover, there is the famous quote "alternative facts". Does such a thing even exist? I don't think it is possible to have alternative facts, if they are not facts, then maybe they are just opinions. 

 

What makes Ellie's article even more interesting is the fact she even gives tips and advices on how to find real news. She explains to us how the readers should always confirm the facts they read in articles, by searching for them, you'll already have more knowledge about whether or not it was truth. 

 

Source: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/opinion/bruckner-president-trump-poses-thr...

 

 

Comments

What a great headline! This post started off very well, very engaging. The structure and the form of your paragraphs made it a breeze to read. Perhaps a few "awkward" sentences but in all it was nicely written.

I love the idea you had about questioning what a journalist really is and connecting it to the article you have chosen, this was a creative correlation. The only big critic i have goes against the reliability of your article. You stated that your author always puts linked sources to support her arguments but the real question is whether or not those sources themselves are actually reliable. For example, in her article she uses this website: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/11/trump-attacks-cnn-buzzfe... as a reliable source to support her argument which turns out, is not reliable. If you'd research the background of this source you'd realize that, in the past, this site had several questionable sources for its authenticity. Further more your article, as you mentioned previously, is mostly an opinion more than a dependable/informative article. This would make your article rather inaccurate especially if you're trying to prove a point and answer a question from your post.

In the end though, interesting work!

Very interesting and informative article, I agree with you in the sense that in today’s society everyone has an opinion on any sort of topic and they feel they need to express their point of view even though they do not have any experience on the certain topic at hand. However, I think it would be more informative if you included a more derailed quote from the article as well as interpreted the quote. Another aspect you could have included is an article that is for Donald Trump, because each article can be seen as bias to a certain extent, I believe it would give another point of view to your article, as well as cater to the opinions of other readers if you included an article that expresses Donald Trump’s strong points for example. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/opinions/sizing-up-clinton-and-trump-opini...

The title of your article made me want to read your article; it was very powerful since it was addressed to the reader. By doing that, it attracted me more than the others. Your content is very good and easy to read.
One of the things that I thought could be improved was the credibility of the source. I think that if you had found a second source to support your content, whoever was reading it would've been sure of the information given.
But overall, very interesting summary, continue on the great work.

About the author

I am a student at College Champlain, Saint-Lambert. I am currently in the psychology program and intend to continue my studies in University.