Keaton Benfield: Reading Response #6

Knight and Filak’s work goes hand-in-hand with one another. Both texts tackle the basic components needed to become a great, credible and respected journalist. Knight’s discussion concerning the overall ethics of journalism, staying on top of the subjects the writer is trying to convey to an audience, as well as the ability to prohibit the use of language that can be misleading, offensive or harsh, is something that all writers must keep in mind.

Critical thinking comes into play here, as well. As an English major I have already grown quite familiar with thinking critically, trying to dig beneath the surface-level information in order to find the more complex meaning, a better understanding of what it is I am either reading or researching. Filak does a great job with handling this topic. I noticed as I was preparing for my interview with my first profile story, I was afraid that i hadn’t researched enough, that I did not really present the right questions that I needed to ask in order to fully understand what it was I was wanting to discuss.

However, reading this chapter now gives me some helpful tips to be more prepared. It is important that adequate information is obtained beforehand and even if it is a complex topic, it is alright to explain it to my audience who may also not be familiar with it. Finding out how this information affects your readers, practicing those skills needed and respecting the audience all are things that I will definitely keep in mind.


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