In print

The daily newspaper of one of the country’s most culturally rich and relevant cities is no longer a daily. Not really. The Times-Picayune will no long be in print seven days a week. An no matter how you slice it … It’s a sad thing.
You can call it the evolution of print or praise the movement to a more digital-centric world and a media company that recognizes that. But, the truth is that money is the bottom line. If people were buying papers the presses would keep rolling. The sad truth is that a misguided majority of people no longer value journalism. Whether it makes my point more or less valid I am btw a card carrying R on election day so you can quit with the liberal media judgements now, thank you.
There’s this incredible pool of voices we all so easily hear and read and see now thanks to blogs and twitter and Facebook and even radio and you tube. But, the travesty is that people aren’t asking the important question: Are these the right voices?
There’s this moment in Mona Lisa Smile where the snotty Kirsten Dunst says that art isn’t art until the right people say it is. Otherwise your son’s macaroni painting would be hanging next to a Monet. Journalists are the ones who ensure the macaroni art pieces of the world don’t make the front page. It’s called news judgement.
I would like to say “no offense to the bloggers out there” … But, if they aren’t real journalists I hope they are offended. Vetted sources and fact checking matter. News judgement matters. Everyone can be a source, but it doesn’t make them a journalist and there seems to be some confusion between the two.
I am no longer a reporter at a daily. But, I was. And it’s much harder to be a journalist than it is to be a critic.
Journalists have, no doubt, lost the trust of the public. (that’s 246446 blog entries on how and why) But, who does that leave the public with? A throng of voices with agendas at worst. Or at the least sources with no training or news judgment sharing their experiences. Tales from the front lines that were never properly vetted. Biased retellings of a friend of a friend.
I was so disheartened to hear about The Times-Picayune. And a little bit outraged. And as all things since October 12 I think of Wilder. Of the world he will grow up in. And I hope it’s one where he has access to news that’s honest and fair and true. I hope that box of newspapers from the day he was born aren’t some foreign relic.


About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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2 Responses to In print

  1. Kayla says:

    I’m very sad for my friends at the TP as well. But just because it won’t stain your fingers with ink anymore doesn’t mean it won’t be good journalism. I have lots of faith in the talented people at the TP/, that they will continue to do the work they have always done so well. It will just be published (primarily) on a different platform. Journalists are still journalists, no matter where they are. Our standards of reporting, editing, ethics and news judgment can be and are upheld in lots and lots of online-only news outlets.

  2. I agree. However it’s sent out there, good journalism is good journailsm. I fear few outside of J-world value and understand journalism in any capacity.

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