by Dean Hybl
I certainly understand that the profession has dramatically changed in the nearly 20 years since I received my degree in journalism, but I am very troubled at how many of the basic “rules” that governed the profession for generations now seem to be going the way of the DeSoto.
When I went to journalism school, the first thing I learned was to fact-check all information (no matter how seemingly insignificant) and that opinions were for columnists, not reporters. In today’s journalism world, factual errors are almost a dime a dozen and the line between reporting what happened and reporting your opinion of what happened has been repeatedly crossed.
The sports pages of my hometown newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, from July 16 and July 17 provide perfect examples of the problems you see so often today. Now I know some people don’t consider sports as legitimate journalism, but as someone who spent 15 years as a college sports media relations director, I believe that the coverage of sports in the media should meet the same level of professionalism and accuracy that is expected in covering anything else.
Check back soon for Parts II and III, including two glaring examples of how journalism isn’t what it used to be.