Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What Qualifies As Good Journalism?

I DON'T WANT to influence you either way. But leave your thoughts on this clip in the comments section below.

18 comments:

Jeff Frandsen said...

weiner poopie?

i think this story could have been written in a whole other way.

i would say this is poor journalism.

Nick Vadala said...

This sounds like something that should be in The Onion, not an actual story.

Geo said...

The Onion. Ha!

Want to hear the outcome of the story? Turns out the woman's granddaughter stole the Jesus statue as a joke. Beauty, eh?

- George (the teacher who loves when practical jokes make national news!)

Christina Bridgwater said...

Seriuosly? I feel like i wasted a minute and 44 seconds of my life. I'm not surprised her granddaughter did it. It sounded like a joke from the start. Definitely poor journalism.

c. bridgwater said...

seriously*...sorry for the typo :-)

Rachel Wolkiewicz said...

Wow.

Anonymous said...

I feel that it should be a breaking news story. Hold those presses, send out an "extra". We need a helicopter to show the chase scenes. This story is an award winning story.
Paul Klein

Matt Wirick said...

Totally Onion material.

Anonymous said...

I bet in a few years alot of future journalists in this class wouldn't think twice about covering a story like this. Sure it may seem pretty lame now, but think about that reporter who is trying to keep his job. After all, it is a business.
-Steve K.

Geo said...

Don't ever sell your soul. Quit first.

Actually, this story isn't really quit-worthy. It's not that ridiculous.

But reporters do get asked to do some silly stuff at times. Don't ever be afraid to say no. Try to maintain your dignity.

- George (the teacher who doesn't really have job security and still says to say no)

Anna Berezowska said...

... I don't understand how this is news. Seriously. How?

Anonymous said...

this surely would fit the unusual nature in newsworthiness. i couldnt stop laughing. when she's there saying "it had to be a young person, no adult would waste their time drawing these lines around Jesus" i really lost it. SERIOUSLY, HOW DID THAT REPORTER SAY POOPIE & WEINERS SO MANY TIMES WITHOUT LAUGHING ?? To me, and i'm sure everyone else in the class, this isnt news. But to someone, somewhere, i'm sure they thought it was interesting. I could see my 85 y/o grandparents getting a kick out of this, but i think that it really is a waste of time. Couldn't the reporting team be out there finding a real story??
no this is not news.
guido

Colleen said...

I'd hate to have to cover this story. It's not news. It might be somewhat interesting, but only in a "why is this on my tv" sense. Did they follow up with the resolution to the story?

That would have been even better to report on.

Jeff Frandsen said...

have you ever seen NBC's leprechaun story in Mobile Alabama?

now THAT's quit-worthy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8

Maria Pouchnikova said...

I really enjoyed the dramatic ending. Really. Why in the world would any one care about this, out side of the woman's family and friends?
This story (and I am sure others feel the same) made absolutely no impact on me...in any way. Ok it was a little funny, but thats it.

Zach McAleese said...

You are all nuts.
This is hilarious and I am glad it was reported.
Who cares if it's good journalism, it's entertaining.
Journalism majors and film majors should hang out.
They all love to complain.

Kayte Ljungquist said...

This is obviously not newsworthy in anyway. Before I read that it was the granddaughter, I just figured it was something to report to the police, not the news. Why would the granddaughter think that is a funny joke anyway?

shaina wiley said...

ok this is one of the funniest things that i have heard ever reported. was this a waste of my time, certainly. but is there anything that is ever that silly really worth our time. i would have hated to be the one to reported on it. but hey this is just one the ways that people get there 15 mins of fame. oh and "bravo" to the grandaughter. she is the really undiscovered comic LOL my day was made funnier because of it. and to everyone who is way to serious lighten up.