Columns/Commentary

Your World Today: Journalists must remain objective, detached from bias

Journalism is under an existential threat. But journalists, combined with a media-literate public, can combat it. W. Lance Bennett, a political scientist and media scholar, wrote in his book “News: The Politics of Illusion,” that the key to democratic journalism is for journalists to hold those in power accountable. However, in America there is a growing sentiment that the media must be the ones held accountable, and that they are destroying the nation. In the months leading up to the United S

Your World Today: Proper attribution, understanding of privacy necessary for all

You see a flattering picture of yourself posted on theslateonline.com and you want to use it on Facebook (and goodness knows you’re seldom photogenic), but you don’t know if you can use it or not. The pleasant news is, because of leniency in The Slate’s copyright policy, there is a way you can. But it’s not always clear-cut. And there are special rules when it comes to privacy that the press needs to follow that members of the public do not always understand.

Your World Today: News coverage should not be determined by popularity

We live in a generation where everything is available in an instant. From news to Netflix to calculators that solve math problems for us, all that we consume is expected to be here and now, lest we get angry and put our foot through the computer or throw our phones into a lake. Without a doubt, this is a symptom of the dependence modern American society has on the internet. It seems no matter what career you go into, you will have to use the internet.

Your World Today: Journalists above all value safety, privacy of sources

Although “Your World Today” is often used to inform and educate readers on topics in the news, in this edition it will be used to educate the public on an aspect of how journalism works. Journalism is the art of gathering information from sources and reporting it as news to the general public. However, many people do not understand that when journalists present an news piece intended to be objective, it is done by presenting facts and statements from sources (with the exception of commentary).

Your World Today: The answer to hatred is compassion; not isolation

In a message posted to Facebook last Wednesday, a student at Shippensburg University said she and a friend of hers were allegedly targeted and harassed by fellow students who hurled the N-word at them multiple times. When something happens on our campus like this, it comes down to the entire community to band together and call these actions for what they are: Deplorable and unacceptable. However, with this comes an obligation of ours to educate the perpetrators and attempt to help them see the

Your World Today: Storming Area 51 the best use of time, manpower?

Millions pledged to join the raid on Area 51 Friday, Sept. 20, through a Facebook event created in jest by a 21-year-old from California. In anticipation of the event, the town of Rachel, outside the military site, stocked up. Locals invested in concert venues in the area for attendees. The United States Air Force pooled resources and placed reinforcements at the base, just in case. And while some dreaded an impending humanitarian crisis when millions would flood the isolated desert, nobody qui

Your World Today: Mistrust in media often misplaced, can be fought

Nobody likes being put on the spot. And sometimes, that’s precisely how some people feel when they are being interviewed for a story. It isn’t a little-known fact that trust in the news media has declined over the past few years. Especially with the onset of Trump’s era of “fake news,” Americans progressively feel the news media, and by association on-the-ground journalists, are pestering and conniving schemers who hold little regard for the well-being of others. This is best illustrated in a
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