I am sitting here realizing it’s Friday, the day I commit to writing in this blog about stuff related to my life struggles and nutrition challenges or discoveries. Sometimes it is hard to believe how quickly the Fridays come around…but that happens almost every day of the week that I have committed to writing in one of my blogs which at present are five. I take off on Wednesdays and Saturdays but my mind is always working. I am writing every day even if it is not publishing a blog every day. I really don’t know what to address today. I can imagine that my hundreds of followers (how that happened, I’ll never understand, but thank you) don’t read me that closely so I could repeat myself but I hold myself accountable to a higher standard and I wouldn’t do that.
The muse doesn’t always come quickly. Sometimes it doesn’t come at all. The only thing I can do to find it is to go out and look for a topic, not wait for it to fall into my lap. I am a writer, or maybe what I really am is a communicator. I am not a journalist per se although I have been known to try my hand at reporting and editing which are part of a journalist’s toolbox. I admire journalists for their bravery and persistence. Lately, though, I am appalled at what passes for journalism since so many of the broadcasts are missing three major elements (in my opinion) of good journalism.
Today’s reporters don’t know what questions they should ask or how they need to phrase them to draw out real answers. The press conferences at the White House for example are so filled with contention on both sides, it is impossible to get objective narratives from either side. This is a tremendous loss for the population and the cynic in me assumes things are planned so we, the public, stop listening.
Reporters are hesitant to follow up ambiguous replies with questions that will force honest answers. They fail to persist and get to the bottom of things.
And lastly, they have forgotten the importance of language: how to spell or how to use the right word. My favorite “affect and effect” … Good journalists have the resources to rely on someone to check facts and spelling for them, so why so many errors? I recently read a chapter in one of Nora Ephron’s books where she tells the story of how she once was a fact checker in a newspaper or magazine (not good reporting here on my part) and how before an article was passed on to be included in a newspaper or magazine, it needed to have every single word underlined to signify that a fact checker/editor had proofed it. Imagine having that job? No, thank you. But having an article with every word checked should give readers perfect paragraphs!
Right now, our world is in turmoil. I am happy that the Covid-19 quarantine has afforded me the time and space to appreciate how good my life has been, untouched by tragedy or illness. I light my candles, say my prayers and do my part to minimize the chances of infection. I wash my hands, stay home as much as I can, wear my mask when I am out, maintain distance and wash my hands once again!
Stay healthy, watch your nutrition, get exercise in one way or another and don’t fall for any yellow journalism, it’s out there too!