Overgeneralizing and assumption writing are dangerous in journalism. Generalizing everything can come off as rude and makes it seem like the writer doesn’t know much of what they’re talking about. Knight touches on how important it is for journalist to research what they’re writing about and to know facts about the story before going into the interview. Research is helpful as to not look uneducated when interviewing the subject or writing about the breaking story.
Filak’s second chapter is all about thinking critically and how beneficial it can be. It seems a bit weird for someone to teach you how to think, but critical thinking and understanding is necessary in journalism and in every day life. Thinking in a critical sense helps a person better understand material and enables them to pull on that critical thought to be able to apply it later.
Writing honest material is what I strive for as a writer and having true content is what look for in other’s. With anybody able to publish whatever content they want as biased as they want now, it can be hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. I know how tempting it can be to overexaggerate or over emphasize details to try and make the story sound more interesting, but Knight cautions in his seventh chapter that doing so can be damaging to the story and to your own credibility as a journalist. It can subject your work to only being seen as tall-tales for entertainment. I find there’s nothing wrong with having a style of writing, as long as what you’re saying is true and not blown out of proportion.