Journalism isn’t like any other job in the world. People read for a reason – to get the news, to find some gossip. No matter the reason, the public needs to trust you – the journalist. They need to trust that you have the right information, that you didn’t insert a bias that prevents them from understanding the story as well as prevents them from making their own educated decisions.
As a journalist, I want people to trust me and to know that I will work as hard as I can to make sure I don’t cheap the public out of vital information. That does not mean my stories will just be objective, but over time I want to develop my voice as a writer and storyteller.
Developing my voice doesn’t necessarily have to come from journalistic writing; it can morph from photography, videos and tweeting – all different forms of media. Times are changing, our world is becoming dependent on media and journalists must keep up with it. There are more opportunities to tell stories in new and innovative ways like audio slide shows and online streaming.
I want to be knowledgeable in all different forms of media so I can tell one story in many ways, which will allow the public to choose a way that is easiest for them to understand the information. While taking s’Park: Igniting Your Future in Communications I learned about what a media researcher does for a living and about how photography has changed over the course of the century (and even earlier!). S’Park also showed me how important Facebook and social media are to the business world, how they can be used to market products and to find out information about potential clients. This course has shown me the importance these tools and in my future job I would like to incorporate them into my storytelling so I can reach out to more people to inform them about current events.
Random facts about Sara:
- Performed and worked technical crew for her high school theatre productions
- Started playing rugby at Ithaca College as a freshman
- Loves to cook and watch Iron Chef America
- Takes her camera everywhere, especially to sporting events
Goals for the next four years:
- To study in London and intern there
- To go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi