Hello. I mentioned previously, as part of my journalism program, I will be covering a municipal beat. This term, I’ll be reporting on New Westminster, doing my best to capture the flavour of this area. If you have any ideas, don’t be afraid to throw them at me.
Sharing a little bit about me: back to school and back on track.
The main highlight of my summer was completing Tough Mudder in Whistler with a few friends but otherwise, I spent majority of time working at a grocery store.
Tough Mudder wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be but there was one moment where my spirit quivered because I was required to jump off a platform that stood about 20 feet in the air into roughly 12 feet of cold, murky water. It was already too late when the volunteer said, “Don’t look down. Just look straight at the mountains in front and jump.” I had looked and took two steps back.
My mind blanked out a little bit from the moment my feet left that platform to the moment they hit the water. Ask me what happened and I cannot tell you. Heights are not easy.
There were a few other things I did this summer:
- Write a couple articles for a monthly community newspaper.
- Read Journalism and Truth by Tom Goldstein.
- Enrolled in a free online course on data journalism.
Reading “Journalism and Truth” put me through a roller-coaster ride. It started off with chapters that questioned the quality of sources journalists used, the stance on checkbook journalism and the reliability of eyewitness testimonies.
For a few days, I asked myself, “What am I doing this for? What is the point?”
However, by the end of the book, it saves itself. It reminds me why.
But journalism is still, as Thomas Griffith characterized it half a century ago in The Waist-high Culture, “history on the run.” Journalists need to be much more aware of their relative strengths and shortcomings, and they need to let the readers and viewers in on their secrets. After all, as Griffith remarked: “If journalism is sometimes inaccurate and often inadequate, ignorance would not be preferable.” (page 167)
With this reminder, I will cover everything as accurately as possible by deadline.
Thank you for your patience with me.