As an undergraduate at the University of Guelph, I had the distinct privilege of being one of the student co-chairs of the Masai for Africa Campaign. Launched by Guelph doctor Anne Marie Zajdlik as a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, my brief leadership of the campaign was one of my most memorable experiences at the university. Anne-Marie describes those years of the campaign here.
September 14th, 2010 | One comment - (Comments are closed)
Earlier today, I was engaged in a short back and forth with a Macleans blogger regarding a story about an event at my law school. The ensuing conversation highlighted an issue of journalism that will only become more prevalent in a news economy dominated by citizen-journalism:
Me: Talk about armchair journalism. Forget misrepresenting Windsor Law claimant, but no original questions to either party?
U.: I’m a volunteer blogger. Feel free to clarify any and all misrepresentations.
Me: Volunteer blogging does not mean lower journalist standards. Especially when writing for [Macleans Campus Blog]“
The conversation continues to be on my mind, especially since U’s profile indicates she is in her last year of journalism at Ryerson. While I may have been a little harsh, we really need to have a public discussion on the evolving roles and responsibilities of news reporting using social media technologies (a discussion that continues to be absent from journalism schools, to the best of my knowledge).
I would expect such a conversation to revolve around the following principles: