Hey everyone, it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! As a lot of you would know by now, I’m an aspiring journalist and I’m very keen to be able to work in the industry one day, so I’m always very interested in it. However, journalism has so many different sectors in it, and the state of current journalism needs to be talked about. So, I want to share my thoughts on it today, and share where I’d like to see journalism go – this is a long post so I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The Current State of Journalism
We are currently in 2022, and everyone has life changing experiences for the past 2 years. With a majority being negative (from Covid-19 to Conflict, to name a few!) It’s natural that the media have been reporting on more negative stories during this time.
But the problem I have with this, that amidst all this negativity, small positive acts are being done and solutions are being found to problems, but there isn’t enough attention given to them. A 2021 research survey by Muck Rack found that,
Think of how many negative reports have come from this! And the other 6% may have reported on other issues, but how many mainstream media reports have you seen on positive actions or solutions?
Of course, I’m not stating that journalism and current affairs should be happiness and sunshine, this is just toxic positivity and journalism is about reality! But looking at this statistic, the amount of negative journalism is clearly not balanced with positive news stories, this is going to be damaging to the public! How many positive stories have you seen in proportion to the negative?
You might argue that’s because there aren’t any out there, but there are! Unfortunately, publications focusing on optimism aren’t given enough attention, hence readers are forced to sought out for them, instead of us already having an awareness of them and getting the right reader balance on the state of society.
Journalism & Social Media
Social media has become a huge communications medium – meaning people are able to consume journalism and media reports on the platforms. And for me, I think this is actually really beneficial! I believe it’s rewarding to be able to share small pieces of media on social media, in the form of stories and infographic posts, it’s a lot less overwhelming for someone who wouldn’t want to read an entire news report, especially with the majority being negative.
Media platforms do have disadvantages in the journalism world though. Although sharing more easy-to-read posts and captions will help to increase awareness, readers may not get to learn the full stories this way. Platforms such as Twitter have a word limit, and Instagram has a slide limit, therefore this may cause journalists and organisations to cut down on facts in order to fit the posting capacity – this could lead to a lack of articulacy and possibly creating fake news stories with not all the information considered.
So, I personally do believe that social media is going to be a vehicle for journalism to move forward in the future. People want to consume easy content that can keep them in the loop, it’s crucial though that in creating this content, all the facts are considered, and the whole narrative is shared.
My Future Vision & Constructive Journalism
Reading this whole post has probably given you a brief idea into what sort of journalism I’d like to see. In the future, I’d like to see the rise of Constructive Journalism. This is a new form of journalism that:
Involves the field of communication that is based around reporting solution-focused news, instead of revolving only around negative and conflict-based stories.Wikipedia
In the future, I really believe that journalism will be so much more valuable to society if journalists are trained to report on solutions to problems, that are innovative and can actually make a change. Journalism impacts so many fields of life, because there are reports on them. The journalism field is always growing, as the world does. And we don’t want to live in a world where people refuse to know what’s going on because it’s too negative.
Of course, journalism is reporting on the world around us, but I believe constructive journalism will be beneficial to helping us find better ways to report on problems, and ways to help out. Hopefully, this can lead to a more positive perception about journalism, people will want to read reports so systemic change can hopefully be made for so many issues!
Thank you so much for reading this post guys, I know it was a really long one, but I’m so passionate about this subject and I really hope I can make a difference. I’m interested in different ideas and conversations, so I’d love for you to comment your thoughts down below!
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