Letter to Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Dear Karin Wahl-Jorgensen:

I have recently read your book Journalists and the Public. Being a current student and looking to get into the journalism field, I found your book to extremely informative and helpful in determining what is the most successful way to write.

With graduation on the horizon, I have been reading many books about the journalism profession. I have to say this book was the most in depth and hands-on in terms of what actually goes on between journalists, editors and the basic newsroom. It was incredible the amount of research you put into talking to editors and journalists to formulate the book.

While sitting down and reading the book, it convinced me journalism was absolutely the profession I wanted. However, it comes at quite a cost. As you mentioned, the loss of objectivity has been an ongoing problem in this media shift. Understandably, it is tough to force the media to be un-biased. At the same time, journalists have to understand the audience is the one affected by our biases. I felt you hit the nail on the head when on page 96 you stated, “”They (journalists) continue to believe that if only they try hard enough, using the best tools of their profession, they can approach objectivity.”

One recommendation I would make about the book is to possibly split it up into editions. It seems there was so much research and time put into this book. In terms of being one single textbook, it was a lot of information in a little amount of space. Reading it became almost a documentary of the field.

With that being said, I look forward to reading more material from you. It was the most informative and helpful source I have come across so far. Thank you for your solid work and effort.


Kevin Clerkin


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