Journalists need to stand up and get some guts, that’s what San Jose State j-student Suzanne Yada says. And her list of resolutions for journalism students (and journalists) contains lots of great nuggets.
By far, her best is:
Grow some cojones.
Let me level with you. The world doesn’t need more music reviewers or opinion spouters. The world needs more people willing to ask tough questions. The first step to reversing journalism’s tarnished image is to have the guts to dig for information the public can’t easily find themselves, and be an advocate of unbiased, straightforward truth. If you can show depth and research with your reporting clips, if you can show you can ask the tough questions and be more than just a parrot for your interviewee, if you can fact-check the living snot out of your articles, you will rise to the top of the crop.
I also appreciate her including me in her list of resolutions. I plan to share these with my students next week.