News, Politics, and Entertainment: The Broad Field of Journalism

Research shows that journalism is a very broad field. According to, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there are journalism types by medium and message. The types by medium are print journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, and multimedia journalism. Some popular types by message are beats such as, sports, business, politics, arts and culture, education, and crime. focuses on news, politics, entertainment, and fashion. News is defined as newly received, noteworthy information. Political journalism is defined as a broad branch of journalism that covers all aspects of politic and political science. ( Entertainment journalism is defined as coverage of news and events within industries of film, television, music, live events, video games, and others.

When dealing with news, it is important to remember the who, what, when, where, and why. This is otherwise known as “The Five W’s”. Former editor in chief of the Pine Needle Newspaper at UNC Pembroke, Sara Owen, provided a lot of insight on news writing.

                  “To write a good news story you need to remember to, first, do your research and check your information twice before submitting. Second, keep your opinions out of it and remain objective. A journalists job is to tell the story as it is based on facts, not to give a biased version. Third, be ready to put yourself on the line for your story, your editor, and your sources. If you promise anonymity and you get told to give up your source, you need to be prepared to keep your word, even if that means getting in real life trouble. A true journalist will remain true to his or her word”, Owen said.

Judging by the looks of the things, political journalists are in for a interesting year. The 2016 presidential candidates are one of the most talked about topics in politics right now. The presidential election will surely be one to remember.

“The presidential race has become a big show of who can shock the viewers more, which is why Donald Trump gets so much more air time than someone like Bernie Sanders who doesn’t do anything for shock value. Trump gets attention for being entertaining in his own right. He is basically a walking personification of the 7 news values. He is a celebrity, of sorts, who does bizarre things and says things that affect people”, Owen said.

According to the career insight on, entertainment journalists dig up the stories of the latest Hollywood developments and follow the progress of next year’s major game releases, all for the anxious fans and enthusiasts who clamor for more. A great writer becomes an authority on the entertainment industry, a trusted source of information and insight. In the broad field of journalism, anything is possible.

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