Objectivity in journalism

College notes: Objectivity called for journalists to develop a consistent method of reporting only the facts and not a personal attitude toward the facts. That means that when covering hard news, reporters don’t convey their own feelings, biases or prejudices in their stories.  This article questions if objectivity has chilled journalists. Objectivity was not always…

Reflections of a mature student:Changing routine

One of the hardest things about going back to college with a full time job is juggling the two, for me working full time didn’t make sense and had to take a back seat. The transition from working full time to studying full time was hard at the beginning, it is a different type of…

Rob’s reads:Propaganda by Edward L. Bernays

While this book is quite informative, I am interested to find someone who writes the modern equivalent to this insightful book. The important point of this book to take home, is that the only thing that helps propaganda ( in Bernays sense of propaganda) is public opinion. The best examples of good propaganda in action…

Reflection of a mature student: On asking questions

Is there such thing as asking too many questions in college? Short answer yes! Nothing worse than the mature student who asks too many questions, am I right? Always asking questions that just don’t make any sense, “Okay Susan we get it you’re out of your depth and don’t know how Google works”, I’m not…

Reflections of a mature student: Dissertation supervisor part 2

This blog post is going to look at what the supervisors expect from the student. Some supervisors may ask to meet with you or for you to submit your ideas to them for consideration. Each supervisor will fill half of their supervision spaces in this way. Most contact with a supervisor will occur in regular…

Robs Notes:

Introduction into communism ‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.’  Communist Manifesto (1848). While there were many theorists of various kinds of communism both before Marx (e.g. Henrde Saint-Simon, 1760–1825; Charles Fourier, 1772–1837) and as contemporaries (e.g. Pierre Joseph Proudhon, 1809–65), the person almost always seen nowadays as the…

Interesting links

A question I’m always asked and indeed asked myself a lot of the time when I began to be an engaged journalist was how do you stay on top of the news.  Like most things it takes time to stay on top of current affairs. So here are some of the ways I like to…

Bedtime stories

Under the reign of Cecrops, men and women could vote equally.  Society in Athens at that time was sexually freer.  This freedom was undermined when Athene and Poseidon raced for patronage of the city of Athens. While the men voted for Poseidon, the women voted for Athene. Since the women were more numerous Athene won…

In the News: 09-09-2019

Taoiseach  Leo was in his first face-to-face talk today with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussing Brexit, the talks which lasted more than an hour, were described as “positive and constructive”. The talks centered around Brexit and the Irish border “issue” which is something that looks unlikely to be resolved. In other British political news…