As a journalist, I felt that it was important to create a website that focused on different topics. My website features topics such as entertainment, news, fashion, and political. There is also a freestyle section that can feature stories about anything that comes to mind. The overall theme of the website, is the freedom to be creative in journalism. I’m not referring to creative writing, because there is a difference between the two.
According to an article by Angelo Lorenzo, journalism and creative writing are two opposite ends of the literary rope. Their difference is grounded on the fact that journalism relies heavily on the truth, facts, current events, and knowledge. Creative writing, on the other hand, comprises much on art, fiction, and imagination. This is why these two ends don’t meet. (Lorenzo, 2014)
The first topic featured on my website is entertainment. Author, Goran Bolin wrote an article that discussed television journalism, politics, and entertain, entertainment. In the article, the author noted that journalism is said to be increasingly subsumed an economic logic, privileging entertainment before serious journalistic practices. The article goes further to say that it is often pointed to a changed relation between journalism and politicians, where the latter have lost some of their power, for example, in political debates. This article relates these two trends and argues, against a field model inspired by Bourdieu, that it is not entertainment that is eating its way into journalism, but the other way around. (Bolin, 2014)
News is a big deal in the world we live in, because something is always happening.According to Lorenzo, news articles, feature stories, sports news, and many others found in broadsheets and tabloids belong to journalism. He noted that in this side of writing, the writer must gather credible sources to write informational truth behind current issues. The issues should contain reliable facts that tell the masses any ongoing circumstance or situations happening in the community, country, and the world. It’s typical news. It should be informative, honest, and un-biased. I chose to include fashion and political stories on website because these are two popular topics today. (Lorenzo, 2014)
Bolin, G. (2014). Television Journalism, Politics, and Entertainment: Power and Autonomy in the Field of Television Journalism. Television & New Media, 15(4), 336-349. doi:10.1177/1527476414525671
Lorenzo, A. (2014) Truth and Creativity: Journalism Vs. Creative Writing. Thought Catalog. Retrieved from: http://thoughtcatalog.com/angelo-lorenzo/2014/08/truth-and-creativity-journalism-vs-creative-writing/.