For your final post of the semester, I’d like you to discuss whether you believe there should be a professional degree for a journalist, much like there is for an attorney or doctor.
Now, anyone can call himself or herself a journalist. There is no license needed and the only formal training…
I think that most consumers of information understand that lone journalist with their own websites are less credible than journalist from established news organizations so I do not believe that just because anyone can call themselves a journalist that people will take them seriously.
I think the problem arises from consumers who take information from large media organizations as truth, without looking for opposing viewpoints or checking the facts. Education should encourage the next generation of society to not take everything they hear from one news agency as being 100% true.
If the truth becomes more valued and sought by the general public then the journalist will follow suit. And as the journalist become more fact-based then the public will respect and value the work journalist do much more than they do now.