By Clare Parsons
Originally, I decided to take Journalism 12 because I had applied to University of Kings College for the Journalism Program. I was accepted but have decided it isn’t what I want to do. Although I am no longer attending a post-secondary school for Journalism, it is still by far one of the most interesting classes I have taken in high school.
I have learned how interesting and important journalism is. It takes a special kind of person not only to be inquisitive but also to have the ability to get information out of people who might not want to give it up so easily. Journalism also helps you enjoy the process of research – finding out new things and sometimes being the first to know them. It’s exciting to explore and express your thoughts and opinions through different styles and types of writing. Journalism helps you explore your curious side.
Journalism is also very important to the world because we are now a global economy and almost a global society. It is important for us to know what is happening in the world around us. As humans, we should all have the natural instinct to care and feel compassion for other humans just like us. It is important we keep aware of our world’s issues and try to do what we can to help others. Most things are tied to something I like to call the ripple effect. Something that occurs in Japan could just as easily have the butterfly effect, and affect us millions of miles away. That is just the way things work. Journalists are very important members of our societies because they keep us informed about the things going on around us. Good journalists will go the extra mile to make sure we get the full story.
Journalism was a fun and eye-opening course. My favourite activities were my zine project and my photo essay. Both assignments were fun and creative, and we had lots of freedom and range with our topic selections. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!