Like most communications majors, I spend a lot of time looking at the media—when I'm not writing and memorizing endless grammar rules, of course! I want to go into public relations, so dealing with the media is an inevitability in my career. So you may ask, "Why would you go into something you hate?"
First of all, I love what I am studying. I find it more and more fascinating the more I learn about PR. However, the media today is going against everything I have learned in the classroom. I am determined to change this.
Even a simple SparkNotes guide on functions of the media will tell us, "The media reports the news, serves as an intermediary between the government and the people, helps determine which issues should be discussed and keeps people actively involved in society and politics." In events such as the Parkland shooting, people display their views in the media. This can help opinions on gun control gain recognition very quickly. The media does well in helping spread people's views to policymakers and informing the public. This is great for common people like you and me. I can post my views on whatever I want, where I want and when I want.
The problem we face today, however, is news outlets, the people we trust for information on what goes on in the world. They are failing us. Yes, they are doing their job by giving you the news. The problem is, major news outlets have somehow worked their political views into this information. One of the first things I have learned in my basic level communication classes is the media is supposed to be unbiased.
The term "fake news" gets thrown around so often. The more I have looked into media, the more I've realized that not all news is reliable. So as people receiving the news, we should be able to fact check without stumbling over someone's political opinion. No one should have to avoid a certain news outlet because of their political affiliation. News sources should not have political opinions! Their job is to provide you with news for you to form an opinion on, not to tell you what to think.