This summer, I am attending the National Student Leadership Conference focused on Journalism and Mass Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. In fact, I am writing this blog post from my Professional Newswriting class at the program.
When I was signing up for the conference, there were many different majors I could choose from. Law, education, international diplomacy were among my choices. However, I chose to spend my summer doing journalism.
Many people ask me why I want to be a journalist, or why I decided to pick the journalism program at AU, and my answer is always the same. I consider writing my strong point, and I just like it. Also, in my opinion, journalism seems like one of the only careers that is heavily based upon writing.
A few days ago, my professor at AU, Reginald Ragland, was talking about why journalism is a desirable career. “Newspapers build a community,” he said.
This thought struck me hard. I thought for a long time about what he was talking about and the more and more I thought about it, the clearer it became.
Newspapers, online publications, and blogs are all forms of journalism that bring our community together. These forms of communication bring people closer because the information shared is the same, but they also foster diversity because each person reacts differently to the information. New opinions are formed, yet we are moving forward as a society in terms of being open to one another.
Diversity is one of the most important and driving factors of the United States. It is crucial for our society as a whole to come together and advance to a higher level.
As a writer, I can convey my personal message while also getting feedback with different views. After I started writing, I have become more open to other opinions and have learned how other people think.
After coming to D.C., I have realized that the world is not just my bubble of San Ramon. Not everybody else thinks the way I do, and there is so much that people have to offer through news and opinion writing.
People that I viewed as radicals before, really aren’t. I have now developed the ability to see all sides of a situation before making a decision, and for that I am so thankful.
So, I think that’s why I want to be a journalist. I think it is interesting how there can be so many opinions on one single topic, and how those opinions affect and reflect on everyone in our society.
Being a journalist requires an open mind, but at the same time, definite opinions. I consider myself argumentative, yet, open for critique and other views. It is like having the best of both worlds–in an opinion sense.
Clear and effective communications and journalism are so much more important for the well being of our society than we may think. If our country didn’t have such an extensive way of delivering news to its people, our communities would be in pieces.
News educates, informs, and entertains the general public, and that is why I enjoy writing about it.