Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From Justice Kennedy, a Lesson in Journalism

A.) This article offers two differing opinions on the subject of 'quote reviewing'. Justice Anthony Kennedy had spoken at a Manhattan high school, and the school's newspaper wanted to cover a story about the speech. However, Justice Kennedy's office insisted on approving the article before publication under the pretense that it wanted to "make sure the quotations attributed to him were accurate". The school's newspaper complied, and the draft of the article was returned with altered quotations. The article gives varying perspectives from two adults, one insisting that "fact-checking was good", while the other argued that it was "an exercise in image control".
B.) It's kind of a given that this article applies to journalism, as it deals with borderline censorship and freedom of press. It questions whether it is acceptable for anyone - including a Supreme Court Justice - to request a quote review. In terms of our class, I think this article should motivate us to do a flawless job of acquiring quotations. If we know what we recorded is right down to the last period, we can be confident in what we publish - even if a Supreme Court Justice is questioning what we wrote.
C.) I think it's almost misleading of the article not to specifically tell readers who requested the quote review - it's one thing if it was his office, and another thing entirely if it was the Justice himself, in which case I would consider him incredibly hypocritical. So I do wonder who it was that actually made the call to The Daltonian.
I also noticed how the article neglected to give the students' perspective on all this. It had two differing opinions from adults and included a comment from The Daltonian's facultly advisor. But not a word from the students, who were directly affected. I'd like to know if they think it's okay for anyone - with or without prestige - to alter the newspaper they worked so hard to produce.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Mismeasure of Woman

A.) The article talked about how women's progression in the work field is starting to slow. It placed part of the blame for this on 9/11, and part on women's attitudes. The author stressed that women should be confident and not feel that they always have to play the part of 'a good girl'. The main point was that women in the work field should not be happy with simply better jobs and higher pay - they should demand respect along with those advances.

B.) The content of this article applies to journalism by encouraging women to raise the bar in the work field - we shouldn't be afraid to compete with men; instead, we should have confidence that we CAN compete . . . and win. The article applies to our class tremendously - as journalism students, we need to realize that the real world is different from our safe and cozy classroom. In any profession we choose to go into, it's important for us to be prepared to face discrimination and disrespect, to be strong enough to not let it faze us, and to know how to respond to it. Personally, I don't think this article really applied to me. From my standpoint, it seemed like the author was almost complaining that women as a whole had not made the progress she would have liked to see, and I don't think this kind of progress is something that can be measured. While it's true that women still face discrimination simply based on gender, it doesn't faze me in the least. I know who I am and what I deserve, and I won't settle for anything less - even if it means I'm out of a job.

C.) I think it's interesting that the author chose to talk about the competition between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I have to wonder what the results of the primary say about society today - in history, white women were seen as superior to black men. The African American race has certainly come a long way since then . . . but really, how far have women come if we are still not seen as competent enough to be President?
I also wonder why the author chose to take such a sarcastic tone to begin her article with - she lists off some of the major achievements women have made in past years, and then seems to completely dismiss them with her disdain.