When hate can widen your smile
Everyone worries about being liked for something they have created but other times it's being hated that really does the trick
July 31, 2012 2:07 by M. Aldalou
Journalists are occasionally liked or admired but rarely loved. In fact, many members of the media industry, including myself, have come to the conclusion that Journalists are meant to be hated.
If you create an angry stir of reactions then you are doing your job well as a journalist and if all you receive are positive and happy remarks about your work, then you might be more fitting to pursue a career in Public Relations.
Like Marlboro Lights, I have always thought of PR as the lighter version of Journalism, the story without the shock and the balloon without the helium. That’s not to say that one must discredit the work of the ‘Public Relaters’ as I would call them, for they are our counter. Where we must investigate trends and subjects, poke holes in stories and illusions; their job is to mend all the holes and present something in the best possible light. Basically, with PR; there IS a pot of Gold at the end of that Rainbow.
Where we must be hated for doing a great job, others must be loved for doing theirs.
The Wikipedia definition (hey, some people trust that website) of Journalism is as follows: “Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience.”
The key word to pin your finger on there is investigation. It is not our job to present anything in the best possible light for such a thing doesn’t exist. Instead, we focus on nothing more than finding the truth while remembering that our broad audiences walk the earth with different perspectives. Hence, we must present all possible angles of a situation, event or industry in the clearest way for everyone to relate to while maintaining the integrity of its ideology.
Naturally, like any other endeavor, indulging in journalism is not everybody’s cup of tea; for some people prefers to see situations in their own light and that should be honoured as well. But whether you want to share your reality in exchange for other realities is your own choice.
I’ve often said that if you hold up a mirror to an ugly person’s face, their reaction will almost never be favourable but that does not imply that the mirror is cracked or that your hands are unsteady.
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