Written by veteran journalist and noted professor Jim Willis, with an epilogue by Marilyn Thomsen, this book introduces journalistic decision-making into the classroom, alongside discussion of reporting and writing techniques. Students peer inside the minds of a cross-section of print, broadcast, and online journalists by way of exclusive interviews and additional research that provide a deep, broad glimpse into how they perceive themselves, their world, and their craft. Ultimately, this provocative text provides added insights into how journalists think and why they do what they do.
Features and Benefits
- Original interviews with contemporary journalists at varying career stages. Offers a rarely seen, inside look at the world of journalists from media outlets such as theLos Angeles Times, theBoston Globe, CNN, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, KUSA Television in Denver, and The Oklahoman.
- Anecdotes involving how journalists work. Translates abstract thinking into the reality of everyday journalism.
- Interviews with several war reporters. Portrays the impact of covering war on those reporting from the field.
- An example of how different journalists approach traumatic stories such as 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and Hurricane Katrina. Illuminates different orientations to conveying truth and dealing with ethical dilemmas involved in such disaster coverage.
Seasoned journalists examine the following areas
- Factors that lure young people into journalism as a career
- The stance journalists take toward the world they are assigned to cover
- Ethical dilemmas
- How close to get to a story or how far to distance themselves from it
- The socialization of journalists and the role their own personal ideologies may play in their work as reporters and editors
- How one's faith might influence the coverage of a story
- The mixing of news and entertainment
The Mind of a Journalist is an appropriate and innovative supplement for a variety of media studies courses, including Introduction to Journalism, News Writing and Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Journalism and Society, and Ethics, among many others.
Chapter 7: The Journalist as Celebrity
The Journalist as Celebrity
Journalists struggle with many issues, as the previous chapters have pointed out. One issue that directly affects many journalists—especially those whose stories are broadcast on television—is whether the public perceives them more as reporters or celebrities. The distinction is important because, when a celebrity shows up at a scene, his or her presence can change that scene dramatically. But journalists don't want scenes to change. They want to report on what is happening naturally in the world; they don't want that world contaminated by the presence of a celebrity. So this is a challenge for celebrity journalists. For other journalists, those whose faces are not well known, the issue is still important because it is difficult enough, they ...