Fake News: Investigating the Public's Trust in Journalism

Public decline in trust in the news media, especially larger mainstream outlets, has led to various questions regarding the accuracy of what is being reported as well as the intensity of biases and slants in order to explain said decline in trust. While this is a fairly recent phenomenon that is sti...

Family Psychology Research: Health Journalism & Chronic Disease

A discussion on how health journalism -- as a growing field with great promise and potential in the future as new media continues to make content more accessible to an interested audience -- may well require a further branching out into psychology research. When it comes to health and well-being, th...

Science Reporting: Using Simple Language to Communicate Clearly

In this discussion, we examine the issue of complex jargon in scientific research writing, its effects on the general audience and science journalism. This opens up considerations for how science reporting is received by the public when different outlets - due to a poor understanding of the complex ...

News Journalism: Mix of Creative Writing, Research and News

Despite the constant shifts within the paradigm of news media, especially with online media, certain facets of traditional journalism remain vital. Here we have a brief discussion about the relevance of Feature Journalism as it serves as a cornerstone for creative writers looking to apply themselves...

Journalism and Social Media: Transition Challenges

A discussion regarding the impact of new media via social media outlets like Twitter etc., on conventional media and print journalist. This briefly covers the fact that with the rise of independent content creators and journalists thanks to social media accessibility, much has transformed within the...

Clarity: Brevity and elaboration when word limits are in place

This brief discussion provides an overview on the topic of brevity and clarity when it comes to writing projects that have space and word limitations. Many students and professionals-alike tend to approach this matter from the perspective of cutting things short from the start so as to avoid ever go...

Replication Crisis: Challenges reporting on social sciences

When it comes to science journalism, there is a lot of contentious ground involved that can put off potential readers as studies are often used to generate click-bait headlines no sooner than other articles emerge that end up contradicting the previous study findings. Paired with the fact that the s...

Taking a non-partisan approach to editorial writing

Here we look at a compelling argument for utilising a non-partisan approach to journalism without falling back on dry news in order to remain objective. Seeing as there's a plethora of contentious topics that have worthwhile evidence and passionate arguments from both sides of a strongly disagreeing...

Issues in editing & proofreading software for editors

Many individuals looking to pursue a career in writing and editing are now looking upon the same bleak reality of technological advancement rendering careers obsolete that other fields have faced. This often raises questions by budding editors and writers about the impact various software and newer ...

The Benefits of Direct Crowd Patronage for Content Creators

Independent journalists, writers and content creators have the freedom to seek multiple opportunities, and with the electronic nature of the new media platform, approach their audience in very direct terms without being bound to the reach of a large publication. However, this formula has also create...

Factors to Consider before Updating Online Content

When it comes to online content, one often has the advantageous ability to edit and update older entries. However, certain factors need to be considered that can help decide whether to update an older piece or to generate new content centred around a previous entry that continues to garner considera...

Proofreading Incomplete Client Documents

We discuss the ups and downs of the common scenario of having to proofread customer documents that aren't quite ready or in their final stages where proofreading is most warranted. This often results in situations where the work either has to be returned, or the customer has to be warned that more p...

Importance of quick and accessible news/journalism content

The mobile platform has brought with it a series of challenges. One of them being frequency of content, as consumers become accustomed to getting much more from the medium. Another being the size of each individual content, which is where a trend towards compelling but quick content is becoming the ...

Balancing out pricing with respect to work volume and prospects

A small discussion on how to consider one's work arrangement with clients as a freelancer, with the aim of getting a larger volume of work rather than simply chasing the largest pay off for a single job. This often requires negotiating situations and getting an idea of the long-term prospects with a...

Joining Professional Organizations and Groups as a Freelancer

Freelancers face considerable challenges in the professional world. These can range from adequate training, to being up-to-date with industry standards by way of practices and market price/rates, as well as having appropriate networking and work access. The following is a brief discussion of how the...

How to Balance Accessibility with Style in Writing and Editing

Questions often arise, especially in many writing and editing classes, about the importance of having a distinct writing style that must also be accessible. Here we briefly discuss the importance of balancing certain factors that go into making a writing style both striking but also accessible to a ...

Importance of both hourly and flat rates for freelance editors

In this brief discussion, we examine the importance of hourly rates and flat rates for freelance editors, and how each can be appropriate for different customer types in the context of their financial situations. We examine two general examples of where these rates can be useful in the world of free...

Intuitive assumption that the fields of Journalism and PR

Students and those aspiring to become journalists can sometimes harbour a cynical view of the Public Relations, often brought on by the intuitive assumption of the relationship between the two fields and how they treat and handle information. This brief discussion seeks to address this matter and ev...

A brief discussion on the importance of style consistency with proofreading.

In this discussion, we'll briefly examine various expectations of the proofreading process. In doing so, we will consider the importance of why proofreaders should also help to maintain consistency in writing style when editing documents, as these can have somewhat far-reaching benefits for writers ...

Interviewing suggestions

Select one theory, concept, skill, or issue relating to the topic of interviewing. Review the salient scholarly literature and research regarding this topic. Describe your findings.

Changing Opinions in Journalism

Why does it help for columnists to explain changes in their opinions? This small but important discussion came about on the topic of backtracking in journalism as columnists are essentially journalists selling the opinions on the free market of ideas, but much like normal individuals, these opini...

The Importance of Networking for Freelancers in Publishing

This discussion examines some of the basic requirements of freelancers, especially those offering writing and editing services, and how these requirements can be met through networking. The discussion aims to highlight some of the basic vital roles that networking plays in addressing such requiremen...

Primary Factors of Importance for a Professional Editor

In this discussion, the case is made for an editor's primary focus on keeping documents -- regardless of their background or nature -- as coherent, clear and concise as possible, as well as the hand-in-hand relationship between these three primary factors that emphasise an editor's excellent eye for...

A few important pointers/tips for designing a good interview.

The discussion will make the case for, and cover, a few primary pointers that make compelling interviews. Interviews have shown an enduring value in the realm of news and media, even with the recent transitions into the digital medium. As such, it is vital for prospective journalists to maintain foc...

Immediate benefits that traditional media use

This discussion emerges in light of previous discussions about the challenges faced by traditional media in light of the growing popularity of social media. In the case of this discussion, we will gloss over some important and highly tangible benefits that traditional media derives from the pres...