This entire class revolves around the ethics of journalism. There are many things to consider when reporting. When it comes to reporting in times of war there are even more things to consider. Deciding that I wanted to study journalism in college I always knew that I wanted a career in the entertainment field. I remember jokingly telling my parents that, "I don't want to cover any wars, but I will report on any movies they make about a war." After recently declaring my specialization as a split between marketing and media, I still find that statement to have some truth to it.
I have never envied those who chose to report on the front lines. That isn't to say that I find it incredibly impressive and anyone who is fighting for our country or reporting in a war-torn area has a tremendous amount of bravery. I've just always known that I would never be able to go that route. When I think of journalism related to war, Brian Williams comes to mind. One of NBC News household names had exaggerated details about coming under fire in a US Army helicopter during the Iraq war. I remember thinking how many more journalists could fall into this category of embellishing a story? Williams hadn't been the first and he won't be the last. There is a fine line between exaggerating something and telling a completely lie; to be fair the two usually go hand in hand.
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