Admittedly, I did a lot of digging through past work. Sure, I’m proud of a lot of it, and yes, there are still those pieces I want to seal away in a cave. But the most complex idea I’ve slotted as #1 in project possibilities remains the subject I thought of right off the bat. So yeah, it was that obvious.
Currently I’m working on an honors thesis in political science and the fact that my previously wish-washy self was able to decide on a topic of interest among literally any possibility proved to myself that I have come a long way since being a Freshman. I mean that back then, I was oblivious to the interests I hold now. I wish it didn’t take me an honors thesis (still unfinished) to piece the progression together, but it did. And though I spend much of my time coding articles, reading about journalism in the Middle East, or writing my own pieces, I question the field every day. I question how much value the title “journalist” holds anymore. I question whether I should be pursuing different endeavors in writing. After all, journalism isn’t creative writing. But it does entail travel, adventures, investigation, and most of all, an incredibly active and dynamic perception of the world around us.
My thesis touches on a specific field of journalism in the Middle East but for the sake of conciseness and relevancy doesn’t allow me to explore the dangers journalists face on a worldwide level. Journalists have been imprisoned, beheaded, and scared into avoiding insult of power. Ideally, I would like to delve into the specific cases of violence against journalists that have occurred in the past year as well as the incredible unity and action they’ve provoked worldwide. Because this is the field I wish to enter, I believe that studying this trend may help me to characterize my expectations of the career, as well as the value I hope to find in it.
Journalists have been referred to as “an organization of people broadly curious about the world and eager to collect facts about it, trying to address the common good.” [USA Today]
But is that still the case? How has the dangerous circumstances faced by journalists affected the motivation to be investigative? Does the public sympathize more with journalists today because of the potential consequences they face? How has the “journalist” demographic as well as our culture’s depiction of the “journalist” changed over the decades? Is persistence and doggedness more admired today? What can we expect to happen to the value of journalism in the future and how has the definition already evolved? And in that case, what is the value of journalism in the world of online self publishing and blogging?
This is a lot of questions packed into one topic, but what do you guys think?! Thanks!