Co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” Hoda Kotb. Hoda is one of the greatest motivational speakers I have encountered. Her zest for life and reporting shine through in her personality. Several stories she spoke to WJMC were extremely moving; I believe they allowed myself and the other National Youth Correspondents to realize the blessings we have. Hoda truly demonstrated her talent and love for reporting. Her lecture was a great opportunity; I learned so much from her. I am always amazed on how well she carries herself on NBC’s fourth hour when I watch her as well as during the lecture. I believe she was born to be a broadcast journalist!
WJMC visited the National Press Club Tuesday where myself and my fellow National Youth Correspondents were provided with the opportunity to witness a press panel that included Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, Chuck Todd. Listening to the press panel was a remarkable experience; I was in awe. Chuck Todd as well as the additional correspodents provided us with insight into the political world of journalism. They explained to us that several of the most recent Presidents we have had in the USA have attempted to limit the press access in the White House walls. The correspondents as well as Chuck said that reputable political reporters, like themselves still continue to fight to have access to current and essential political stories. They said that the Presidents have been providing most of the press access to small news outlets and ‘swing’ states. Each speaker confirmed that reputabzle political news reporters are “dangerous” to the President because they understand the logistics of political stories.The press panel speakers also preached the importance of attaining a large background on several different topics in politics.
Attentively listening during the press panel allowed me to gain a wealth of knowledge on the aspects of political journalism. I knew politics was corrupt, but I feel that I now have a better understanding of the ‘ropes’ of political reporting. Before coming to the conference I read Chuck Todd’s novel “How Barack Obama Won.” I found the book fascinating and extremely interesting. It was really great to be able to connect what he wrote in the novel to the press panel discussion. I was also privileged with being able to be the representative from my group to ask Chuck Todd as question. When he answered my question, it was truly an amazing feeling. My mom and I watch Chuck Todd on NBC quite frequently and it was a great feeling to be able to educate myself on political journalism from such a respected political reporter.
The founder of C-SPAN, Brian Lamb spoke to us Tuesday about the role of a biased media in today’s society. He engaged me and additional National Youth Correspondents in the discussion and allowed us to provide our own perspectives and opinions on the biased media. We discussed the effects of a biased media when reporting. Some correspondents believed it was okay for reporters to appear biased while reporting while others believed that reporters should refrain from expressing their opinions.
I believe that reoprters should always provide society with the hard core facts of a story, but I also feel that it is okay for a reporter to express a slight biased attitude while reporting a story. I feel that individuals will be able to formulate their own opinions when listening to an array of different perspectives. I am an opinionated individual but I try not to express a dominantly biased view when writing an article. I may have a sentence or two that suggests a sway to one viewpoint of a story but I attempt to remain as neutral as possible. When I listen to news reports on television or read news or feature articles in a newspaper or magazine it is apparent to me when a journalist is provoking a biased tone. After Mr. Lamb’s presentation I realized how easily individuals’ perspectives can be influenced, altered or completely changed. The lecture was an eye opener to me; Mr. Lamb discussed how to correct the strong biased media. I hope as a journalist I can withstand an appropriate amount of a swayed opinion.
Neil Leiffer’s photography captivated its own featured exhibit in the Newseum. He is most famous for his photo of Mohammad Ali. Mohammad Ali’s photo was Leiffer’s claim to fame. His photography was outstanding. His photographs encompass the true emotion and feelings of the subjects in his photographs. When I examine his photos I feel as if I am also present in the photo; I can visualize myself there. His photos are crisp and eye-catching.
Leiffer also was a guest speaker at the WJMC and spoke about his own accomplishments in photography. He enforced that a great photographer is always in the right place at the right time and often “get’s lucky” when snapping photos. he taught us that even the simplest poses are the most attractive and beautiful to the eye. Leiffer also encouraged us to attempt to take photos that have a unique angle.
I believe that his presentation and photos have helped me with my photography skills. I will definitely use the new skills he provided us with the improve my photography practices.
The 9/11 exhibit was a tremendously moving and accurate representation of the tragedy. The exhibit displayed dozens of diverse headlines from newspapers printed to express the United State’s turmoil. It was amazing to see that not only did the United States publish this tagedy in their news headlines, but other countries did as well. I believe the covers of the different newspapers represented all sorts of emotions including anger, frustration, sorrow, remorse, depression, hopelessness, etc.
The exhibit began a ‘waterworks’ phase for me. I still can remember being in first grade and hearing my teacher utter the words “We’ve been attacked.” As a child I did not fully comprehend the full concept of the 9/11 tragedy, but looking back I’m glad I was naive. I know now that our country will never be the same. Our freedoms are still present, however, our country’s protection has increased. Our world changed; some believe it gave the United States a ‘reality check.’ The tragedy was unfair, unfortuante and unjust.
I comend the journalists for allowing themselves to feel vulnerable while covering the story. I believe the tragedy provided reporters with a humane and emotional facade. For example, a reporter interviewed a woman while the Towers were collapsing in the background. The woman bedgan to bawl and the reporter abandoned their reoprting boundaries and displayed tears and embraced the woman with a hug. This displayed the hardest part of journalism; covering heartbreaking stories. It is okay to express one’s true emotion while reporting because it brings the story to life; it captures the true moment.