Why I Took Journalism

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin.

Many people may believe that journalism is full of gossip because journalists have to eat some words to sell their news which then turns into gossip. While there is some truth to the phrase, it’s not the whole story. I would describe journalism as a draft of history. For example, if you do not know anything about the past but have newspaper articles from your parents’ time, you could learn a lot about that specific moment. Similarly, historians, the ones who have the most knowledge about past events as we know them, get their knowledge from past news articles, past news propaganda, and much more. 

At the very beginning of this class, I wasn’t interested in journalism because you had to read a lot of articles to understand the topic you would write about. And I hate reading. But now all that reading is coming in handy as SAT’s are coming up and for the English portion I would have to read a bunch more Even if you think that you are bad at writing do not worry because the teacher we have is the best. She not only gives us presentations in the beginning about what journalism should be all about and what it is all about now. She supports us in every step, from researching to writing/publishing. I would highly recommend journalism as an elective, one should take it at least once in their lifetime. Mainly because it gives you a chance to gain insight into the topics you’ve always wanted to tackle but did not have the time to do so.

“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”

Henry Anatole Grunwald

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