TED Talk on Mainstream Media – Human Rights

I was clicking around YouTube looking at a TED talk to watch and I came across this interesting video.

In it, Harry Fear, an English broadcast journalist discusses the realities of the mainstream media. He says, “When we turn on the news, we are often presented by an image of reality that is lacking in depth, clarity and humanity.”

He discusses his transition from a “media critic” in his teenage years to a “media maker” in his twenties. He comments that in the mainstream media is lacking passionate journalists and that passionate newsmakers are necessary in the current media landscape.

Something that he said in the beginning of the talk has resonated with me:

“Journalists should be biased for human rights.”

The statement made me reflect on everything I have learned about independent media over the past several months. When media outlets slant in the direction of power, rather than in the direction of human beings, there is a problem.

For example, in situations of war, when a mainstream media outlet is reporting the war and is clearing slanting in favor of military action and civilian lives are not considered, the media is doing a disservice to the people.

Journalism was created in order to challenge authority on these issues, not to support them in favor of monetary gain. It was created to protect the rights of humans and somehow it is not doing that anymore.

Maybe that is the root of media problems today. Journalists are slanting away from human rights.

TED Talk on Mainstream Media – Human Rights

Entrepreneurship as an outlet for millennial journalists

The millennial generation has been the subject of research and analysis over the past several years as these young people, born between 1980 and 2000, make their way into the workforce.

This Forbes article breaks down this study by Bentley University. 67 percent of the survey respondents said that their goals include starting their own business.

This past summer, I put together a research project for an internship about millennials in the workplace. It served to show my older colleagues how our minds work and how we will fit into the working world. During the course of my research, I came across a trend that millennials are creative and independent. We want to set our own course, hours and rules. Answering to someone else in order to spend our whole lives moving up in a company is far from appealing.

So, how does this fit in to journalism.

This reflection by Jeff Jarvis discusses an entrepreneurial journalism class at CUNY. He discusses the group of students who had the opportunity to sit in front of a panel of potential donors and pitch their ideas. One highlight of his observations was that all of the young journalists in the room had real intentions of starting their own businesses.

The millennial attitude of independence and creativity fits together with entrepreneurial journalism as an alternative to the traditional journalistic route. In the past, a journalism career consisted of starting at the bottom of a news organization and slowly earning credibility to become an editor.

Now, young journalists are looking to defy this norm and the rules attached to working for a traditional news outlet. And independently created outlet can bring new, fresh perspectives to the media landscape. These progressive minded young people can bring journalism back to its routes by creating publications that investigate the truth, criticize the government and bring forward new innovation. We see these changes happening now but they will likely progress in the next few years. Millennial journalists will likely transform journalism as we know it.

Entrepreneurship as an outlet for millennial journalists