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Journalistic credibility – gone with LeBron


I know this is not directly related to scholastic journalism, but in a way it is.

As scholastic media – online and print – strive to find models of what they want to emulate, they of course look to the commercial media (I have reasons for not grouping them all under the guise of professional).

This post by David Zurawik makes excellent observations about some forms of  “journalism,” most recently exemplified by ESPN’s LeBron James infotainment last night.

I am not recommending this because I am from Cleveland but because the author makes relevant points about journalistic credibility.

LeBron is gone; let’s not send journalistic integrity with him, at any level.

Hype is not what scholastic journalism needs; real leadership through digging and reporting is.

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