What isadvocacy journalism? Advocacyjournalism is a kind of news coverage that usually use on thesocial and political purpose in deliberately and transparently adopts anon-objective view. It is an alternative to objectivity that journalists andreports are seen as consistent and advocated.
It tries to promote a certainpurpose or situation. It is not a simple statement of opinion that advocatesstyle in the news column. It promotes certain opinions as distinct from thetraditional news. Accordingto Sue Careless, who is a freelance journalist and photographer saidthat advocacy journalism is ‘openly speaks for or pleads on behalf ofanother, giving the other a face and a voice’. What are itsimplications in terms of media objectivity and bias?According toMorris Janowitz (1975), advocacy journalism makes journalists become who”represent” of specific gatherings, normally those gatheringswho are denied “effective representatives” in the media such as therole of active interpreters and participants.
The studiesfrom “Journalism Studies: A Critical Introduction” by Andrew Calcutt, PhilipHammond, have shown that in spite of working hard to maintain completelyunbiased, journalism still cannot avoid a certain degree of implicit bias,whether political, personal, or metaphysical, either consciously orsubconsciously. Many journalists and scholars thinking that the purely”objective” philosophical is impossible to achieve. According to “Theadvocacy continuum: Towards a theory of advocacy in journalism” by CarolineFisher, Journalists are still trying to reduce bias at work. Others argue thatobjectivity is a standard that can not be met and that all types of news havesome degree of publicity, whether intentional or not. The purposeof Journalism is, to tell the truth, and report an objective viewpoint to thereaders or audiences through the media. But advocacy journalism will prejudicethe readers from the non-objective viewpoint. It will destroy the principlesand the rules of Journalism.
Do yousupport or oppose advocacy journalism as a concept? Please explain.I do notsupport advocacy journalism as a concept. It is because the ability of ajournalist is, to tell the truth, and report an objective viewpoint to thereaders.
Journalists should expressly point out bias and opinion, and let thereaders decide they will how to interpret the information.