By: Lillian Mejia-Gautreau
This class during the fall semester of 2020 has really given me the opportunity to take a deep dive into the world of journalism and has taught me about the importance of research, and accountability. When I was younger I had a deep interest in writing but I was never interested in Journalism until recently when I learned about all of the good that it does.
Those who have the information have the power, therefore the media has a big influence on our day to day lives. As someone who put myself in the place of journalist for the semester, I’ve seen just how much Journalism affects every one of us.
As we learned about journalism throughout the semester I realized how incredibly important journalism is. Learning about journalism responsibility and accountability has taught me of the importance of doing justice to the stories and accurately represent the memories and the lives of the people who we portray in our writing.
As a christian honesty and truth is very important to me and so I appreciate this part of the journalism world. While of course there have been many instances of reporters who aren’t always 100% truthful it’s very inspiring to see the journalism community come together to hold each other accountable for our mistakes. Error is part of human nature but journalists being responsible for each other is very inspiring.
My writings for this semester have allowed me to discover new interests that I didn’t realize I had. My pieces on activism through art taught me that art is more than drawing on paper.
The right drawings and the right colors can change society and fight injustice. It’s inspired me to my very core and has strengthened my connection to the art world. I also discovered through my media case study helped me discover HiFRuctose Magazine which features many of the artists I already loved. I have many more examples of this, where the research for my articles have helped me discover so much in the world of art.
Not only that but I learned so much about the world of feminism during my research for my Article on women and voting! I always considered myself a feminist or at the very least someone who strongly believes and advocates for gender equality in every aspect of our lives.
My journalism skills have grown a lot this semester through the research I’ve done for my writing projects and I realize now that Journalism is more than just writing and reporting, it’s an artform strongly rooted in truth. I had never before been interested in journalism and have to admit I took this class for credit but I came to love Journalism and even though I have a lot to learn I feel very grateful for the opportunity to be here and be a Journalist even if it’s just for a semester.
It has definitely taught me a lot and I definitely feel like I Achieved a lot this semester.
At the beginning of this class we set goals for ourselves and what we wanted to achieve and I definitely feel like I did achieve those Goals. I now have a deeper understanding in subjects like art, feminism and Politics. Before this class I was never much interested in politics but now I realize that it’s important to be aware of what is happening because it affects every aspect of our day to day life.
Media, conversations, the things we learn in school can all be intertwined with politics because it affects our day to day. Another thing Journalism has taught me is how to stay unbiased during some of my writing projects.
There are of course situations in which I believe there is a wrong and right opinion, like when someone believes that a group of people are more inferior due to race or gender, but a lot of the time, like when you are writing an informing piece for example, it’s important to keep your opinion out of it and just state the facts.
I have learned so much this semester and all the knowledge and skills I have acquired during this time is something I will always carry with me. John 16:13-15 says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
I feel like this verse represents Journalism in a sense. When the spirit of truth comes the truth will come easily. When we search for the spirit of truth it will come to us.