I might have gasped in horror when I first read the Daily Northwestern's statement of apology for its reporting. Now I know that the situation was way more complicated than it first appeared.
The reason this matters and warrants concern from anyone who cares about a free press is because these ideas are already prevalent beyond campus
So journalists on campus now have to balance offending the heightened sensitivities of those on “the left” with traditional journalistic standards? And protesters feel violated when a photo journalist takes a picture of them? What a joke. via
One underexamined piece of this Northwestern business is that protesters used to *need* media coverage a lot more than they do today. They can create their own images, their own coverage, their own media. So saying "no" to reporters has less downside.
I hope everybody realizes we will soon be governed by a generation that thinks journalism is right wing. via
I'm a journalist of color who covers vulnerable populations for a living. I think this debate over whether student reporters should cave to demands of activists is a threat to freedom of the press and puts whatever's left of quality journalism at risk
Here is the most definitive account yet of what happened at Northwestern, and at Harvard, and what is happening at colleges across the United States: (by , and )
These campus-activist demands on student journalists are so asinine and baseless. I am all for ignoring them except when admins cave, but I don't understand the argument for legitimizing them by pretending they're anything but nuts.
Struggle over the coverage of a violent student protest at "activists were trying to challenge journalistic norms and push for a more sensitive approach to reporting" read: coercing the press to align the empathy of their coverage
“It’s just changing so quickly,” said Ms. Bjornson, 22. “I think it’s just a tricky time, especially to be a student journalist. No matter what you do, I feel like you’re going to make somebody angry.” Welcome to journalism!
So I assume photojournalism covering war, famine, and natural disasters is now regarded as “trauma porn.” Our ability to see and understand the truth is diminishing by a thousand tiny cuts.
I suppose it's "trauma porn" that brings visual attention to wars, famines, genocides, natural disasters and human suffering of all kinds. All this time I thought it was photojournalism.
I was a student journalist and EIC of the school paper. Sometimes really serious things happen and that’s when it gets real. I was fortunate to have an advisor that was a real newspaper guy. And the Student Press Law Center phone number handy.
Depressingly, we may not have actually bottomed out when it comes to the quality of the media. It's looking like news may soon be filtered according to whether or not it hurts people's feelings.
News or ‘Trauma Porn’? Student Journalists Face Blowback on Campus via #journalism