Tuesday, April 08, 2008

How journalist [sic] do their job

An article in the student newspaper states that a respected journalist who recently visited campus "believes that journalist [sic] can change the world by doing their job well and being credible."

The newspaper demonstrates its commitment to this creed by spelling the speaker's name incorrectly on the front page, spelling many words wrong within the article, using verbs that do not agree with their subjects ("sloppiness and overreaching has given readers a sense that the news media are more biased than they should be..."), and implying that George W. Bush was convicted and pardoned of charges related to failure to fulfill his National Guard duties.

I could go on, but I don't have all day.

I used to be a student journalist. I know how difficult it is to maintain journalistic standards while relying on a staff of untrained and often overcommitted writers, but one would think that a journalist writing about the need for accuracy and credibility would attempt to achieve those virtues herself.

The irony would be amusing if it weren't so tragic.

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