Dear Society, Please Stop Bashing Journalists For EVERYTHING

Dear Society, Please Stop Bashing Journalists For EVERYTHING

No, it's actually not all "fake news."
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"That's fake news."

"These journalists are so biased, I hate how far left the media is."

"I don't trust mainstream media, I get all of my news from social media."

I have heard these snip-its of conversation countless times. As I further my education as a future journalist, these comments have started to have an impact on me more and more.

I have watched Trump bash the media endlessly in tweets and have read the replies of people in agreement. My first thought was, "I'm going into the most hated career in the U.S. right now..."

But that thought was followed by a more powerful one and here it is: I want to change people's opinion on the media.

Today, people believe that large media enterprises are out to make money first and provide quality reporting second. In some cases, this is true, but it is not in most cases. Trump continually refers to The New York Times as "failing" and "fake news." But is it really?

I am currently taking a journalism class in which we have to stay very aware of breaking news and current events, locally as well as nationally. News has always been a passion of mine, but I never truly realized how much more is out there when you actually go to the websites of papers like The New York Times or The Washington Post. The little articles we see on social media? Those are small pieces of a large entity.

The biggest place journalists get a bad reputation is mainstream media. I recently saw a post complaining that news entities are still reporting on the tension of Confederate statues while there is a very severe natural disaster unfolding in Texas and the individual was complaining how awful that was. Let me enlighten you on what future journalists are being taught so maybe you will understand why news is reported the way it is.

A novel that I had to read last year for a journalism class was Kovach and Rosentiel's "The Elements of Journalism." They stated that "Journalism's first obligation is to the truth." Journalists report the truth regardless of what people like hearing. There are also three metaphors they wrote about in their book that the press identifies themselves with that I think are extremely important for the public to understand:

1. The press is a watchdog, meaning they are supposed to bark at the big guys in power (the government) when things aren't right. We are there to protect the interest of the little guy, or citizens.

2. The press is a marketplace, meaning they are to report on a wide variety of topics and ideas, regardless of popularity or majority agreement.

3. And finally, the press is a mirror, meaning they REFLECT what is happening in society for all to see.

Personally, I think that last point is the most important. People get angry over things happening in the world and get mad at media for the stories when they are simply doing their job of reporting. Is the article you hate really "fake news" or is it simply something you disagree with? Just because you are in disagreement does not change the facts. Yes, they are reporting on events other than Harvey. Why? Because people still need to stay informed about what is going on in the world around them.

Of course, there are opinion columns and talk shows and places where journalists do share their own biases and thoughts. That is the beauty of our First Amendment right. But not every news entity shares their opinion and every journalist is trained to report straight facts without a one-sided feel to the article.

Let me leave you with this. If we did not have the media, how would we know things? How would we know about the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and which charities are best to donate to? How would we know which presidential candidate we would like to vote for? How would we know about anything going on in the world around us?

The answer is simple: We wouldn't have a clue. Journalists and the press are necessary to our society to string along the flow of news and without media, our world would be completely different.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.
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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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If You've Worked In Retail, You Can And Will Relate To These Struggles

"Why are there so many people here?!"
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April 18th marked my last day of working at Wal-Mart as a cashier. Wal-Mart was my first job and I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to work there. Not only did I gain experience in the workforce, I was able to improve my social skills as well. Just saying "hello" to someone and asking about how their day went can go a long way.

It's safe to say that I've developed great relationships with some of my customers and co-workers as well. I will always be thankful towards Wal-Mart for taking a chance on me when no other job had the decency to call me back. However, as the months passed, I realized that it wasn't the job for me and that I wanted to seek opportunity elsewhere.

During my 7 month tenure I've had many experiences, both good and bad, as well as humorous and frustrating, that I would like to share:

1. Those People that Always Like to Stare At You

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It doesn't matter if I know them or not, I always feel awkward when people just stare at me for NO REASON at all. Especially when little kids stare at you and there's nothing you can do about it. Like honestly, what so interesting about my face. Like could I possibly have my face back? No? Well OK then.

2. When there Are Only Two Lines Open

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If you're the one shopping, it may seem like the worst thing ever to have to wait in a long line. Trust me, it's surely better than having to deal with an avalanche of customers, one after the other. It's almost like you can't ever catch a break. Actually experiencing this first hand has helped me become more patient. I feel like you can't really complain about a line taking too long unless you were the one ringing everyone up.

3. Those "I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO YOUR MANAGER" Customers

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I think that anyone reading this can depict what this person would look like in their heads. These customers are the worst to deal with because they don't take other people into consideration. I've had to deal with quite a few of them so I feel sorry for anyone that has as well. People like this don't want to hear anything that the cashier has to say, and it's like they just pretend you don't exist until your supervisor comes.

4. Big Carts at Speedy Checkout

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It's so annoying when I'm on one of the "20 items or less" registers, and someone rolls up with a cart full of merchandise. It's like dude, seriously? I swear people know that they definitely have over 20 items, but they don't have a single care in the world.

5. When People Come In Your Line Even though Your Light is Off

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I just look at people then look up at my light just so they can get the message. Some people understand, and I'm grateful for that, but other people just continue to walk down the aisle like they haven't seen a thing. This happened to me one time when I was helping a customer. They had already been in my line before I cut my light off, but imagine my anger when five more carts pull up as well!

6. "Do you think that you could stay for a bit longer?"

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This question always cracked me up whenever one of my managers would ask it. I've been here long enough, what makes you think that I would want to stay any longer? I'm sorry that we're understaffed, but that's none of my business. I'M OUT!

There's a lot more for me to complain about, but those are for another time. Overall though, it was fun while it lasted, but I had to get out of there. I'm still going to shop there like nothing ever happened though!

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