You have studied different characteristics and skills of a community journalist in lesson 02. Make a comparison of community journalist with that of a main stream media (TV & Newspaper) Journalist? What traits of a community journalist bring him closer to his readers and viewers?
Students must discuss the following characteristics of community journalism that are different from main stream media persons.
Two most important qualities of community journalism are common sense and understanding people
The effective community journalist holds his or her position in the public interest and by the public’s trust
The community journalist cannot be the lapdog of special interests.
The community journalist must be an active, not passive, journalist.
Public listening is the first step in a journalist’s research of an issue
The journalists are sympathetic to the community’s issues because the
media see themselves as part of that community.
A community journalist must keep his preconceived views aside while covering issues. What is meant by preconceived views? Explain with the help of an example
We all grow up with our own sets of experiences, values and ideas about how the world works or should work. Although we do not intentionally get locked into our own ways of thinking and perceiving, the filters we bring to any situation – including planning stories, choosing sources, interviewing and putting together the final package – may prevent us from seeing the world as others do. This may lead us to cover news in a way that others find biased. Eg. If a journalist thinks that illiterate people cannot do anything good to society then he might ignore the suggestions coming from an illiterate person of community.