Journalism: the collection, preparation and distribution of news and related commentary through print and electronic media such as newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, webcasts, podcasts, social networking and social media sites, email, radio, motion pictures etc., may be interesting or even entertaining but the foremost value of news is as a utility to empower the informed, hence forth providing the public with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives , their communities, their societies and their governments. Journalism needs young people because without the youth journalism has no future. it’s the young journalists who write the history of our times, empower the oppressed and challenge society’s status.
Taibah Junior School Young Journalists play a vital role in informing fellow learners about school events, serving as a check on their school’s administration and uncovering stories that outside media might miss. Considering the major pillars of journalism i.e., truth, accuracy and objectivity, these innocent souls showcase the power of journalism to influence public perceptions and at the same time bear the responsibility to tell the truth and make sure other people’s voices are heard. Their power is largely indirect since they can’t force people to do or not to do something.
Individually, the interested learner boosts their knowledge and skills that benefit in the long run, defend their rights, dig to the truth and simply express out their desires. Skills including researching, investigating, interviewing, reportingand writing. we teachthe young to be empathetic, to listen to others, to understand how to communicate, to be ethical in their actions, to consider both sides of anargument, to adapt to the changing world around them and to view it through adifferent lens. My young journalism team interprets effective communication which depends not only on what is said, but also how it’s said thus the ability to convey the message concisely and assertively while also listening to others which has created tremendous influence on their story development using the 5Ws:Who, What, When, Where, Why: that help addressing fundamental questions that every story should be able to answer. We journalistically write taking into account not only one’s audience, but also the tone in which the piece is delivered as well as the ABCs of news writing: Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity.
As educators, however, we need to become more involved not only to support them report stories that interest them, but highlight an opportunity to generate dialogue and awareness, communicate with integrity and confidence and comprehensive coverage from classroom to diverse cultures across the global community so as to emphasize, interpret and achieve the desired goal of the Taibah 5Cs.
Journalism & writers, TJS.