One Step Towards Professional Journalism: Objectivity

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The sudden outburst in the usage of the term “professional journalism” makes me wonder if previous decades of journalists have been unprofessional in their field. A journalist’s job has had the same description since it’s creation in the early 1800’s: tell people what is happening throughout the world. The politics and money behind news stations have made it common for journalists to report news from their paper’s perspective. You want to keep your job, you report a certain way.

According to InTheseTimes.com, professional journalism has exploded recently. Partisan journalism is no longer the standard and in most cases it is disregarded as actual news. Objectivity in journalism allows the reader and viewer to postulate their own opinions based upon the facts given by the reporter.

While media is still driven by money and politics the expansion of technology has allowed many to speak against one perspective journalism. Journalists are no longer found as employees for big companies signing off their objectivity in their contracts. Journalists are everywhere and have the ease of tools such as their smartphones to record nonpartisan news.

Although journalism has always had the purpose of providing news to citizens the objectivity of it has been questionable over the years. Today’s journalists not only have to use more visuals over written word to adhere to their audience, they must report the news in an unbiased fashion. Today, you want to be a professional journalist, report objectively.

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OneRepublic Helps Raise Awareness for Child Mortality with Hit Song

Never underestimate the power of music; Grammy Award-nominated band OneRepublic has proven that a simple song can have the power to save millions of children’s lives.

On March 31st, a special edition music video, created by the ad agency BBDO, of the band’s hit song “Feel Again” was released in an effort to raise awareness of newborn and child mortality.

“Feel Again” was initially part of the PSA campaign by Save the Children and the AD Council entitled “Every Beat Matters”. The song was created using the heartbeat of children who were suffering from deadly illness or poverty in villages of Guatemala and Malawi.

According to The World Health Organization, 6.9 million children died before the age of 5 in 2011. Children in sub-Saharian Africa are 16.5 times more likely to die before the age of five. The leading causes of deaths for children under the age of five are:

Pneumonia

18%

Preterm birth complications

14%

Diarrhoea

11%

Birth asphyxia

9%

Malaria

7%

Other Causes

41%

Child mortality is a serious issue affecting many outside the American borders and action is needed. Much of the deaths are caused either due to a lack of knowledge or medicine to treat diseases.

You help reduce these numbers by donating. A simple $50 donation can supply a respiration timer and antibiotics to diagnose and treat pneumonia, a bed net and treatment for malaria, and counseling for parents on preventing HIV/AIDS in a newborn child. Join OneRepublic, in their quest to save the children by donating today.

The SmartPhone App That Helps You Overcome Addiction

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What if I told you that the cure to some of the most detrimental addictions could be in the palm of your hand? Your SmartPhone, that was thought to just improve the quality of your life, now has the potential to save it thanks to the new application, DTOX.

Created by well-known interventionist, Rae Dylan, DTOX is designed to help individuals struggling with dependencies  such as smoking, drugs, binge eating, and much more. The application not only tracks your progress, but allows you to connect with others for support.

How exactly does it work? The key features to the program include: a day counter, daily alerts and e-mails, and a log of cravings to record mood changes over time. The app also has a social network option to help build a support community. There is a Facebook and Twitter option for sharing accomplishments and Fan Club members receive alerts on their friend’s progress.

DTOX lets the individual witness change. For the first year, DTOX takes a picture every 30 days to create a photojournalistic log. With this you will be able to see change month by month in your physical and emotional countenance.

DTOX also works as a personal motivator. Every day an inspiring email with a relevant quote or message is sent to help you throughout your struggles. A mobile alert is also sent reminding you of your progress. Still in need of more support? You can also connect with your friends to track each others progress. You can even build your own customized Support Community to follow along with others who are going through the same issues.

Look in the Health and Fitness section on your smartphone’s app store. The app is currently being sold for $3.99, which seems like a small price to pay for a life dependency-free.

“We are in this together” rings the DTOX motto. Addictions are hard to overcome, and DTOX is there to make that journey to change a bit easier. This application makes sure that whenever or wherever your cravings strike help is only a push of the thumb away. With the DTOX  app, now you really can’t live without your SmartPhone.