Journalism 235 COM Shea

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Journalism 235 COM SHEA

The definition of journalism provided by Shea is consistent with the traditional definition of journalism. However, the article supported by Shea does not possess the quality to be considered as newsworthy due to several technical reasons.

First, the traditional definition of journalism is derived from the primary roles of educating, informing and entertaining. In some instances, developing journalist may be stranded to put tragedy and entertainment in the same article. Such a situation is seen in the article written by Wilson et al. (2016) in the Reuters. Entertainment comes with a choice of text and is independent of the story being covered. Entertainment begins from the articulation in the topic, which often is recommended to be precise and on-point. The journalist should have chosen a shorter but more interesting topic such as ‘Japan’s black-labor on the rise.’ Such a topic encourages the reader to read the entire text.

Journalism is guided by principles especially in the case of American journalists. For instance, when covering sensitive stories, the privacy of individuals must be considered. Despite the fact that journalists have a role of to inform the public, limitation to revealing information such as names is limited as it might endanger a life of an individual. In the case of the article by Wilson et al. (2016), the journalists expose a story and reveal a name. Such practices are against the principles of journalism used in America. Most of these principles are discussed in a book by Craft and Davis (2013). All journalist in the US is expected to adhere to the rules of the book as a way of enhancing professionalism in journalism.


Craft, S., & Davis, C. (2013). Principles of American Journalism an Introduction. New York: Routledge.

Wilson, T., Saito, M., Funakoshi, M., & Miyazaki, A. (2016, August 8). Banned from working, asylum seekers are building Japan’s roads and sewers. Retrieved from Thomson Reuters: