As a person with interest in the potential for bias and the limits of journalistic opinions and agendas in professional writing, I found the first half of this week’s reading to be profoundly interesting, mostly because it addressed this from the perspective that the writer will already be going into this with an agenda or opinion and attempts to ensure that it won’t be pushed into straight up propaganda, or that it won’t get in the way of objectivity.
It does this through stressing that while opinions have a place in professional news outlets, they should not overstep the bounds of basic ethical practices in journalism. To paraphrase the reading done this week, ‘attempts at persuasion should be based on socially acceptable standards, not propaganda.’
This week’s reading also delves quite heavily into setting up the user’s ability to write a Speech. The primary differences between a standard journalistic article and speech writing to myself at least seems to stem from the added audience and the speaker. The user has to have a great deal of coordination with the speaker to ensure that he or she is comfortable with the lines, that it matches their speaking tone and ability (the given example for instance being that you wouldn’t have someone with poor storytelling ability then go on to recount a relevant personal story, for instance) all with the end goal of captivating and drawing in the audience. Aside from this, the writer must also clearly establish the words, phrases or lines that require stressing or dramatization, or at least it’s heavily advised to do so.
For the purposes of this activity I decided to go with the assumption that the speaker was addressing a group of film hobbyists, and didn’t have any particular speaking weaknesses that could potentially hinder her delivery.
“I feel as though it’s important in this day and age to stress that film, and cinematography in general, is able to be enjoyed by anyone. Yes, anyone. This entertainment medium is so vast and varied that virtually anyone should be able to find something that they enjoy, and with luck even find some crossover with other fans of that genre or film, this medium’s great for bringing people together.
As proof of that we interviewed two random people, Taleisha and Karon. Taleisha, a young and aspiring student is a huge fan of adventure movies, she really enjoys how they can take the audience to ‘crazy places’ as she puts it. Karon on the otherhand is a middleage woman who’s big on action movies. She enjoys them for the injection of thrill and adventure into her life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. That there’s such a demonstratable crossover between the two genres just proves that anyone can get into movies, no matter the age group or profession or general demographic. This medium really is open to all!”
- Levy Steven, The Steve Levy Website, WordPress, The dangers of bias, agenda driven journalism, http://www.stevelevy.info/the-danger-of-biased-agenda-driven-journalism/