Scrublands – Question 4 Chris Hammer’s experience as a reporter brought added detail to Martin’s character. What did you learn about the life of a journalist through Martin’s story? 0 0 votes Article Rating
I hadn’t realised that life as a reporter was so boring for long parts of the job.
Don’t think I ‘learnt’ it, but did seem to strengthen my belief that journalist lack some form of empathy for the people in their stories.
It is a cut throat business. And the old “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” still applies.
This story does nothing to improve the general opinion of journalists. The deadlines and the pursuit of the almighty dollar is more important than the devastation left behind when the facts are misreported. A retraction on page five will never undo the damage from a page one report. Is it just enough to stop a lawsuit?
It is somewhat surprising that the media companies didn’t have more of an obligation to support their staff. I would have thought that the unfair dismissal laws would have stopped Martin from actually being fired.
Life as a journalist seems to be tough, as not being biased as well as printing the truth, and staying honest appears to be clouded at times by misinformation. Journalism offers an insight into incidents that occur, but can often be inflated by sensationalism to sell stories. This is often seen on the news and in newspapers. This was depicted by the careful editing to make Martin look like an idiot by channel 10 and Doug.