Cable News vs. Guerilla News
Having free cable at my new apartment, I've been trying out cable news. Being a photojournalism major I figure I need to keep up with what's happening. What I've discovered is that American news networks are absolutely horrendous.
Calling cable news journalism is like calling speed-walking a sport.
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition 2b for journalism is: writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.
Fox News is out the window on that one. But I don't think they're considered journalism by any standard anyway.
By that definition CNN and MSNBC are more talk shows than news channels. Only 1 out of 6 pundits really offer anything of value. (This doesn't apply to Fareed Zakaria whose show is great)
For television news ratings rule. And that's why they suck.
Surprisingly, I've found a much better alternative on YouTube. And even more surprising... it comes from Vice. Vice... A company whose magazine is irreverent at best and smut at its worst.
Even though their magazine is... Meh... the YouTube content they create is fantastic.
For many conflicts in the world they have crews doing in depth videos about what's happening on the ground. Their videos are down in the trenches. They excel at "Guerilla Journalism".
For example they have over 50 videos covering the Ukraine conflict. Their internet videos pissed off the Russians so much the journalist on the ground, Simon Ostrovsky, got ABDUCTED and beaten. That's how dedicated he was to covering the conflict.
In my opinion he's a hero and this content is REAL journalism. Going forward I think (and hope) content like this becomes the norm for journalism. The sooner the better.