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You're only one voice in 8 million…

8 Jun

As my internship at The Riverdale Press draws to a close (as well as my class on international media systems), I’ve been thinking about the impact of communicators. Amidst discussion of globalization, I had a conversation with a new friend, Kristina, who is majoring in public relations and recently visited Glen Beck’s show. (While I am not a fan of Glen Beck, I did find Kristina’s comments to be very intriguing.)

A song popped up on my iPhone while I was riding the subway to work this morning and it expressed the essence (via pop music) of my thoughts after these discussions.
“Build me up or cut me down to size … I’m only one voice in a million but you ain’t taking that from me.”

I’m only one voice in 8 million in NYC … but that is still powerful. One voice can change or influence something. The world needs good communicators. Willing. Honest. Dedicated. Knowledgeable communicators. The world of journalism may be declining into a sink hole in which we cannot be pulled out of, but in a time of globalization and international conflict, priorities and the important news can get lost. Journalists and regular citizens must be willing to communicate and share those priorities. Forget the entertainment and tabloid gossip (This past week’s headlines have been dominated by Sarah Palin’s silly bus and New York Rep. Wiener’s scandal. While people are obsessing over his “sexting,” massive political conflict and news is happening in the Middle East.)

This is my plead today for everyone: read a little less junk and a little more substance.
You may believe events across the ocean are of no importance to you. They do not affect your daily life at home or school or in your cubicle. But you are wrong. You many not care, but this will be a regret one day. There are events and problems in other countries, states and cities that you need to know about for your own life, your children, your job, as an American or as part of your faith. Ignorance was never bliss.

To journalists: Sometimes it can be easy to feel the everyday monotony of reporting and covering news is emotional and physically tiring, draining and difficult. Some assignments may seem trivial or redundant, but I think it is important to remember why you chose this career and what your passion is. Perhaps you need to remind yourself of that, which is important in any career or line of work. Why are you passionate about _______?

Just some food for thought.


Mentioned in the SL Trib

2 May

So apparently a blogger for the Salt Lake Tribune referenced my blog today in regards to my coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death and the celebrations happening in NYC.

Here’s the link. Check it out.

Ground zero the center of NYC celebrations

2 May
People crowded in the streets near ground zero in the early morning hours after President Obama confirmed the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

After a long and busy weekend, the news of Osama bin Laden’s death swarmed around NYC as we all tuned in to hear the words of President Obama. The press conference did not occur until midnight approached. 

More than nine years later, the United States has brought bin Laden to justice for his heinous crimes against the thousands of Americans who were innocently slaughtered in the attacks of 9/11. 

My trip to ground zero last night was a long and memorable one. Arriving after 12:30 a.m. the streets surrounding the memorial were swelling with people, flags and news agencies. The crowds chanted “U.S.A.,” “Osama, hey hey hey, goodbye” and lines from the “Star Spangled Banner.” 

Men climbed up the traffic light poles and anything that could give them a view of the patriotic scene. President Obama spoke of another uniting of the American people and this congregation after his announcement was just that: a uniting of New Yorkers supporting the truths and principles this nation was founded upon: justice and freedom, and remembering their friends and family who had fallen. 

While the scene seemed to be unruly at times and barring on disrespectful (chants of “F#$% Osama”) it was overall a grand gesture of America’s feelings: joy, pride, relief and some fear.
American flags are selling out all over the city. 

Today, the NYPD has upped their security in every part of the city: Grand Central, Times Square, ground zero, the subway system and airports. The thought did cross our minds as we rushed to ground zero last night: will there be rogue retaliation for bin Laden’s death? Will we be able to prevent it? 

Every news agency is covering this frantically. Fox New’s big bumble last night was comical. (Their website banner completely misspelled Osama bin Laden’s name and every other word in their headline.) The New York Daily News did not let this opportunity pass them by (they never do). Their headline is being called the most flashy/forward in the world. Check out this link to see the cover.

I was surprised at the small number of interns who decided to go to out and see the news. 

I am a journalist. To me, that means going where the news is. Being a part of historical moments and communicating what happened. I have such unique opportunities here and must take advantage of them. Otherwise, why leave Utah and the BYU bubble?

I encourage everyone to reflect and remember 9/11 today and how it has changed us and our country. 

(This post is not a criticism nor intended to be a comment on other’s weaknesses. It is an observation of the events which is followed by my definition or purpose of my career choice.)

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