posted on May, 26 2017 @ 01:10 PM
My niece just graduated from college with a BA in Journalism. Only problem is, she didn't study journalism or really take any journalism classes. She
was focused on and took classes primarily in public relations (PR). We actually argued about the clear differences between journalism and PR, but
apparently the university doesn't see any in the two. As I recently learned even the "art" college I attended and have spoken at in the recent past
merged their journalism and PR courses as well.
To me, these are opposite ends of the spectrum. PR and journalism should be competing against each other, not working hand-in-hand. And if other
institutions of "higher learning" are also combining the subject matter and teaching them not just as equals, but as the same thing, what's that
say about the level of reporting we as citizens/consumers are currently getting and going to get in the near future?
Having worked in the professional media world, I could go on a lengthy rant about what I experienced--both in what I was expected to produce and how
certain subjects were basically considered "taboo" by editors--but I'm sure most of you here at ATS don't need examples of how the media controls
and manipulates stories. But what I fear is that this merger of PR and journalism (which I don't think is new, but has never been as blatant) will
drive the narrative of every "news" story we see/hear/read. And in fact, the lines may become so blurred that figuring out what is news and what is
PR-made "news" will be impossible.
While I'm sure most of you will respond by destroying the main-stream media, the so-called "alternative" media isn't much better in these regards.
It seems like the "agenda" of a piece is more important than what the actual news/facts of the matter is. And I'm wondering if this situation has
been created and is now driven by the influx of PR--something that I know "old school" teachers and newspeople worry about--yet is seemingly
becoming the norm.
So what say you, ATS? And how can this tide be turned, if at all?