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Date Posted: 08:32:31 11/26/16 Sat
Author: Watt Izitt
Subject: Re: Grow up
In reply to: Responsible adult 's message, "Grow up" on 04:16:57 11/25/16 Fri

Is this the difference between creative writing and journalistic writing? Is it the difference between feature writing, with a twist of opinion maybe, and straight news writing?

Remember, journalism in straight news stories is not about self-expression as much as about giving people the truth, the light so they can find their own way in a democratic republic.

Good writing is surely to be celebrated, as the talent to do it is a gift that has to be worked at to turn it into an advanced skill. But there is writing and writing.

Could it be that the misunderstandings or differences of opinion are all over labeling and mislabeling? Do people want to be sure news writing is not labeled opinion or free-style, stream-of-consciousness creative writing, and vice versa?

While journalism has always included editorial pages and oped pages came along, with letters to the editor, journalists will quickly distinguish between opinion pages or columns and "objective" news stories, either hard news or features. Is that line fuzzier now due to developments in "media" that even blur the line between news and opinion and advertising and maybe even entertainment?

As newspapers have gone down to the development of the new cyber advertising media, has the shakeout, which includes so much experimentation, actually harmed journalism and its core reason for being -- to inform people with facts? The other reality is news is a product that people will either buy or not, yet no one should be surprised that experimentation is throwing everything at the wall to see what will stick, what will sell. Time will tell what survives, as many still want to make sure the baby doesn't get thrown out with the bath water.

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