Aug 27

Journalistic Power-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli And More

The tragic events in Virginia yesterday where a reporter named Alison Parker, and her cameraman named Adam Ward were killed while doing a live report on television, gave me a compelling feeling in my soul to remind people all around the world how not only important, but also how powerful journalism can be in the positive sense. I am a proud graduate of Rutgers University’s Journalism and Media Studies Department, during the process of obtaining my degree from the department, I along with my fellow classmates were taught some valuable lessons about journalistic ethics, by faculty who not only cared about our success in their respective class, but also our success in the journalism profession after our graduation. Most if not all of the valuable lessons we were taught about the field of journalism, and how to comport ourselves in the field did not come from a book or an article from the required reading list of the course, they came from the respective faculty member’s heart. People may say how could a person distinguish where the lesson came from, the answer is simple, a person could tell that it came from their heart because of the passion and the caring nature they exhibited while delivering their very important messages and lessons.

Keeping the goal of this blog in mind, that is to remind people how powerful journalism can be in the positive sense, I ask the readers of this blog to remember what occurred in New Orleans Louisiana 10 years ago this week. Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating events in American history, and as I reflect and remember those events, along with the lessons I was taught at Rutgers which I detailed earlier, what instantly comes to mind are the actions of some journalists who were covering this terrible tragedy. I can remember many frantic people who were searching for lost family members, and I can also remember many television and other media outlets doing their best to bring families back together after this terrible tragedy. You might even venture to say that the journalists who brought families back together were not acting as journalists at the time; they were just ordinary American people trying to help their own. Furthermore, what also helped lost family members reunite with their families was the round-the-clock television coverage, which provided viewers with different views of New Orleans. The different views not only gave the television viewers a real sense of what was happening, but it also helped people locate their lost family members, certainly a great example of the power of journalism.
One of the most valuable lessons about journalism that I learned at Rutgers was, as journalists at times it’s our job to comfort our readers and or listeners. Although I know this blog will not take away the pain that we are all feeling at this very moment, in the smallest sense I hope I have done my job.

This blog is written in loving memory of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, may their families and loved ones find strength in the support from people around the world. May the people around the world who are hurting because of this horrific tragedy find comfort in knowing that these two people died while doing not only their jobs, but also what they loved. Allison and Adam, may you rest in peace.