Journalist goes out into the field to see what news
the crop will yield today.
Pad in hand he holds his pencil tight but will he write
unto the left or to the right? To the right.

Will he deceive us today?
Or will he just please us today? Today.
Paparazzi goes into the park taking pictures he’ll
hatch in the dark far away.
Lens attached he has his focus clear but is he zooming
in on you or just your tear? Your tear.

Will he bereave us today?
Or will he just please us today? Today.
Sells like umbrellas in the rain.
Not a detail missing of the pain. Hey hey!
Are there avenues to re-explore?
Is the public crying out for more? Yes more.

Will they deceive us today?
Or will they just please us today?
Will we believe them today?
Oh will we receive them today?
Hey hey.

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Although classified as a poem on Red Bubble, these are song lyrics.
Journalist is about the ethics of journalism, and prompted by the Press, and not television. A bit like the argument that statistics can be used to justify just about anything, so power is in the hands of the writer. However, if we don’t like what is written, or the images in our newspapers, if we keep on buying them, well, it is up to us the readers isn’t it? My reflections were directed to myself as much as any one else.


journalism, ethics, journalist, paparazzi

Now getting into all that Canon 550D DSLR photography has to offer and using the manual focus, I am enjoying shotting the flora and fauma of NZ and hope to progress to taking street photography of people enjoying life.

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  • Erika .
    Erika .over 4 years ago

    Interesting piece.
    I really like the questions you wrote here and the pain related to journalism. This truly makes the reader think and consider the kind of news we see on the newspaper or on television.

  • Thankyou Erika for accepting and for your detailed feedback. Both are much appreciated.

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