Apart from the interesting thoughts the comment on my last post provoked, I was caught by the part which said that I, as a journalist, have a responsibility to report, not to comment. I definitely agree with this point. In fact, in our news-writing module at my course here, we are drilled on how to keep … Continue reading Me? A journalist?
The lectures we had last week were interesting, to say the least. There was a particular lecture that focused on how the media changed after 9/11. My thoughts after sitting through that lecture: There's absolutely no doubt that after 9/11, people (and it started with the Americans; no offence y'all) wanted someone to blame. That … Continue reading Discrimination in the Media [Part 2]
I read a comment piece on a website today. I'm not going to mention the website, neither am I going to mention the writer. I feel doing so might lend credence to the ignorance and utter hatred perpetuated in that piece. I'm all for freedom of expression. I'm all for telling the world what you think. … Continue reading Discrimination in the media [Part1]
As a student on the MA Magazine Journalism course, we're encouraged (obviously) to not only look at newspapers, but also at magazines. My course leader, Ms. Yvonne Illsley, cannot recommend Vanity Fair enough. I have a confession to make. I always thought it was a magazine full of gloss and fluff and nothing else. That … Continue reading Vanity Fair, how I wronged thee!
As someone who has written for various publications, I have yet to take a commission, or what is in my mind a bribe, from anyone I've written about. I suppose it is an ethical concept that might tragically get twisted and bent once idealistic journalists get out in the real world. But this is one thing … Continue reading Journalists who want commissions… from their subjects!
Let me begin by saying that I cannot believe my first post on this new blog is about shorthand. I think it came as a shock to me when I started my Masters degree that journalists still needed shorthand. For starters, when I worked for The Emirates Evening Post and Time Out Dubai, I never … Continue reading Shorthand