|The dark-light of Journalism|
Mable Twegumye Zake –@MableTwegumye
Upon one of my maiden test of practicing journalism during my internship @newvisionwire I encountered a senior journalist who in my brief assessment then I labelled the No-nonsense Journo.
|Ethics don’t make journalists, they make good journalists better |
Dalton Kaweesa –@DaltonKaweesa
Let me first put a disclaimer. In this article, I will extensively quote Larry M. Bartel’s book; Politician and the Press: who leads , who follows.
A fortnight ago, it was reported that KCCA threw a party for journalists. The journalists, if one is to go by the facebook post of a certain female journalist who works for a local radio station, were overwhelmed by the love and hampers they walked away with. Before the food could settle into their stomachs, the professional Nazis pounced, proclaiming and swearing, how unprofessional those that attended the cocktail were. I quietly asked one of my friends working with the Namuwongo based newspaper, what front these journalists were being faulted ; responding to fete invite or actually some committing to work with the executive director. I followed the question with another scenario. Editors consume lots of food every time there is a meeting with the head of state, how come they are never condemned in the same measure like it is meted out on ordinary journalists. This being classic tale of carrot and stick approach. I find the narrative being fronted that this upclose compromises the journalists. I am among the few journalists who can raise the hand and assert never to have taken money from a news source. And I can say , in less than three years I will clock a decade in the trade.
The relationship between media and the state is as complex as any other social relationship , and reflects broader social interactions.
This tells you that the relationship between politicians and journalist is as old as the wheel and no one can reinvent it. It is therefore erroneous to think that we can distance ourselves from functions of politicians and civil servants.