Week 6

What does the word ‘report’ mean?

The two extremes of journalist–america wearing baseball hats–middle east eating burkas

Report Dictionary definition: give a spoken or written account of something that one has observed, heard, done, or investigated.

Synonyms: announce, describe, give an account of, detail, outline, communicate, divulge, disclose, reveal, make public, publish, broadcast, proclaim, publicize

Reporter dictionary definition: a person who reports, especially one employed to report news or conduct interviews for newspapers or broadcasts.

gather news and inform the public–restructure and recreate reality for the public in order for them to make sense of it.–purposefully gather the noise around us and guide us to understand–show whats important

In many countries, especially in the communist countries in the past, ignored to be a reporter you need to have a license. Just like a lawyer or a doctor. It allows you to practice the profession and gives you the accountability. In America, no such thing exists. No other profession counts on the credibility more than a reporter. Credibility is a reporters currency…if they fuck up then they lose all their credibility and can’t be trusted/get a job. There is no second go once they lose credibility. No licenses for fear that there will be a screening body and that screening body, whether it be professional or government body, will impede the reporters.

Favorite Reporter: Jorge Ramos

jorgeramos

Ramos is the evening-news co-anchor on Univision, the country’s largest Spanish-language TV network since 1986. He is also the host of Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos,” a hard-hitting news program geared towards young adults. He has won numerous awards including 8 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism.

Jorge Ramos is an immigrant (He was born in Mexico City on March 16, 1958). He came to the United States as a student in 1983. In November 1986, at age 28, he became one of the youngest national news anchors in the history of American television. Since then, he has been called “the voice of the voiceless” for other immigrants like him.

He has covered five wars (El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq) and has been a witness to some of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, 9/11 and the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina.

Recently, at an Iowa Press Conference, Ramos stood up and tried to ask Trump about the candidate’s controversial immigration proposals. Trump told him to “sit down” because he hadn’t been called on. Trump then proceeded to tell Ramose to “Go back to Univison”. Ramos refused to sit down and was then escorted out of the room. He was allowed to come back in about 10 minutes later due to multiple journalists asking if they would allow Ramos back inside the conference.

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