Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bloggers... not really journalists

I have to admit, I do surf the blogosphere for my news.  Is it the right thing to do for news?  Not really.

There is a lot of training a person has to go through to develop a non-bias and objective approach in reporting news.

My undergraduate degree was spent behind the desk listening to lectures after lectures regarding journalism. In my advanced classes, we did mock reporting.  Furthermore, many of us involved ourselves with the college newspaper and others were lucky enough to find internships with news organizations.

There is an ettiquette involved in journalism that blogging avoids.
Granted, I blog.  But then again, I don't work for a new media company.  Plus, I try to avoid any bias opinions when blogging current event or news (which I try to avoid doing, period).

Nonetheless, I've made it a mission to be as objective as possible when presenting research and facts--basic elements journalists should acquire.

So, yes, I do get annoyed with bloggers who watch a political pundit on TV and take their comments as actual facts before blogging their personal opinion and using the pundits remarks as facts without researching the issue.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Even my dad thinks I'm not cool

It's quite sad when you're told you aren't cool by your own family member.  It happened to me a few days ago when my dad picked up my son from my office building.

Like any other Friday, I decided to wear a golf shirt with jeans. The golf shirt I decided to were that Friday has three buttons, and I had buttoned the bottom two.

After settling my son in the backseat, my dad looked at me and said, "Unbutton your top button.  You look like a nerd."  This comes from a university professor who use to teach a whole class with his pant cuff under his sock. 

"Thanks dad," I responded refraining myself from saying some sarcastic remark in public in front of my office building.