Editor’s Notebook | 5 Rules for Truth Seekers & Truth Consumers

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. A Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis,MN before the 2016 Presidential election.
Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.
A Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis, MN before the 2016 Presidential election.

5 Rules for Truth Seekers & Truth Consumers

Written by Matt Mrozinski

 

2017 might look bleak to your average journalist, but I believe differently.

This is an opportunity for a resurgence.  It is time to lick your wounds, accept the mistakes, evaluate the criticism, stop pointing fingers and point the thumb.

At no point in recent history has this country needed journalism more.

One big question looms.  How do we create a space where truth gets eyeballs?  Not only that, how do we make it entertaining?

It is a complex answer that every media outlet is trying to solve and there are signs of great journalism ideas in action on all platforms and on all screens.

Do not forget the good ol’ fashion journalism that seems to be working fine.  Remember how proud the New York Times and Washington Post made us feel during this election season.

In the same moment professionals want to share in the journalism excellence of the New York Times and Washington Post, we must each accept responsibility for our professional faults.

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There is also a need to help the consumer identify their own imperfections and a responsibility for us to help educate them on how to navigate troubled waters.  Help them discover legitimate journalism and what is masquerading as journalism.  Make a clear distinction.  Call it out.

Americans must understand, a democracy without good quality journalism is doomed and this is only going to work if they are properly engaged and informed.  I see no shame in reminding us all how it works.

5 Rules for Truth Seekers & Truth Consumers:
 
1. 🎬 Journalism is not “the media”.  Media is a complex industry diluted with entertainment, pundits and opinion.  Journalism, however, is simply professionals who report proven facts.  Those in the business and reading/watching the business must not mistake the two.
 
2. 🗣 No opinions. When you openly give a political opinion on TV, online, or on social media – yes your private page – one no longer holds the right to claim themselves a Journalist. (But, there’s nothing wrong with steering a conversation with hardline facts or scientific evidence.)
 
3. 📺 Click it off 📻 📲 . Every click you make, mouse or remote, determines the success of the agenda. Bad companies like cable news, right and left wing agencies, blogs, etc., are just there to feast off your curiosity and emotion 💵 💰.  Today, there’s a million National Enquirers.  They are fooling you at the expense of your intellect.  They just want to make a buck.  Click it off, they’ll go away.
 
Photo by Justin Hasse in Springfield, Missouri for a senate race during the 2016 election.
Photo by Justin Hasse in Springfield, Missouri for a senate race during the 2016 election.

4. 📰 Eat your vegetables. Like your body, healthy Journalism ain’t free.  While you are siphoning your parents HBO GO or Netflix, take the time/money to support good companies like NPR, NYT, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Muir, Holt, Pelley and good local journalism.  You must support the good in the industry and not abandon us for the mistakes of a few.  

 
5. 🇺🇸 Support the 1st Amendment. I legally own a gun and a camera. While you may never know my feelings on the 2nd Amendment, I’ll tell you my camera has done more for democracy than the gun. Be passionate about that Amendment as well.  Don’t be mistaken, we need journalism and free speech to uphold our democracy, perhaps now more than ever. 🎥 📸 🇺🇸
 
BONUS ROUND: Police, military, teachers, doctors/nurses and journalism. You may not like us, there’s a few bad ones, but the vast majority of us consistently save and improve your quality of life. We need your support.
Peace – love – happiness… from your pal M.