Last week we were given our big Journalism assignment – “Journalism and Current Affairs” with just a week to complete it! I actually thought this was good practice as I know there’s always deadlines to work around when in the industry.
The whole assignment was split into three parts –
1- News and Current Affairs
2- Interview and Practice
3- Writing a Review
We were lucky enough to had already done part 1 and 2, so all we had left to do was our report which was on News and Current Affairs. This was actually the key part of the assignment as it was based on everything we had done with Anna and Anthony in this unit. In my work I talked about why history, current affairs and politics is so important in a role of a journalist and and how doing that little more than the basic research can improve your story. I also discussed the important things you need to make sure every story includes; Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? I also discussed how the internet and social networks plays in a role of a journalist and how important it is to gain as much information from these sources as possible.
Lily Mercer recently posted an article on her blog discussing why she’s so against Terry Richardson, why GQ messed up and why Beyonce made the mistake by not speaking out when snapped by him.
I love Lily’s work and must admit that it was great to see her speak her mind on this matter (Seeing as her blog is based on HipHop music).
My thoughts? Well I totally agree with Lily that issues like her signing a deal with Pepsi is NOTHING compared to her working with Richardson. One thing I don’t understand is how and why do people like this get away with it? (The fashion industry is very messed up) Pretty sad that SERIOUS issues aren’t discussed or made into a big deal in the media, surely if he’s been accused so much there’s some sort of truth to it? Furthermore, Rihanna posted a picture of her with him TODAY on Instagram. Although we all know she isn’t exactly role model material.
So do we blame the media for not focusing on the serious issues? Or just Terry Richardson credit where it’s due for his work? Personally, I think it’s about time the press concentrates on beating these issues.