Journalism vs Gossip

Submitted by ub on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 09:01

What is the difference between journalism and gossip, or news and views? One is fact-based and the other is someone, a group's personal opinion, or point of view.

So-called yellow journalism emphasizes sensational crime, gossip columns about celebrities and stars, views, opinions, and junk news. If it bleeds it leads.

While gossip and the rumor mill information becomes more popular as informal modes of communication, it has a way of influencing public opinion and individual actions.

However, the distinction between fact-based information, gossip, rumors, and falsehood can become dangerous during these trying times and somewhat difficult to determine. The problem is that some media outlets have become gossip, clickbait, and punditry.

Our fear is that in recent years gossip and journalism hare being confused as they seem to grow near each other.

The following recommendation is not to blindly believe everything you read. In the spirit of open-sourcing, I should also point out that I was a news executive at The Associated Press for several years.

Nevertheless, I stress - Compare information with long and established news sources like...

The Associated Press
Back in 1846, five New York City newspapers funded a pony express route to bring news of the Mexican War north faster than the U.S. Post Office could.

Reuters News
During the 1850s Reuter opened for business with the help of an 11-year-old office boy at 1 Royal Exchange Building in London's financial center, located close to the main telegraph offices.