For our journalism project, we spent the majority of the time investigating how journalists write their articles without bias, why the media is important and how the media controls the news we see. For this project, we also watched two movies based on journalism. The movies we watched were, All the King's Men and Wag the Dog. After we built or background knowledge through articles and independent research, we began doing research on topics that we were interested in writing about for our final project. In the end, our final product was an article on a topic that interested us that was between 500 and 1200 words. After our articles were written, we got to design and publish our own online newspaper, The Sophomore Sentinel. I learned many things during this project. One thing that I will keep in mind when reading the news from now on is that, you could have two stories covering the same event and they would be written from opposite positions because of their bias. This election is a great example of this. There could be one article saying that Hillary is losing her lead in the polls and one saying that Trump is gaining in the polls and both would be correct but you would agree with one more than the other because it’s bias parallels your own. Another thing that I learned is, how much the media controls what you see. They get to choose the topics they write about and stories they cover therefore influencing your views on the world around you. I have traditionally written either opinion pieces or fiction for writing projects, so this project was challenging for me because I had to write only facts with as little bias as I could. I think that this project helped me grow as a journalist in this way. I am very proud of my role as an editor for this project. It was a really challenging role because you had to read a bunch of articles and fix a bunch of mistakes that were overlooked in peer critiques. One article I had to go through with the author and talk to her about her article and walk through all of the changes that needed to be made in order for hers to be top-notch. If I were to do anything differently next time, I think that I would add a little more to my article and include more images.
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