Engagement and relevance
Kovach and Rosenstiel begin their eight chapter by talking about the difficulties of sick children. Journalists no doubt find these stories as important, but also find them nearly impossible to approach. Kovach and Rosenstiel go on to talk about how hard it is to do a story on a family’s struggle to save a child that is terminally ill. At that same time, journalist know how touching and moving those stories can be to others when told. ESPN is one of the best, if not the best, at doing these types of stories. Every year ESPN does a series on terminally ill children and their families. The series is called “My Wish.” It is part of the Make A Wish Foundation for terminally sick children. Personally it is one of my favorite things they do. I look forward to seeing them and watch them with a heavy heart. Anyone who watches one is likely to have tears in your eyes by the time it is over.
What the “My Wish” series does is take a terminally ill child that loves a sport. More in particular a certain athlete of that sport. Then they come and surprise that kid and take him to wherever that athlete is, usually the stadium. The athlete will then just hang out with the kid for the day. Playing catch, video games, meeting the other players and getting signed memorabilia and just forgetting for one day that they are sick. They have done athletes such as Drew Brees, Tony Hawk, David Ortiz, Shaq, Dwayne Wade, and the Dallas Cowboys football team. This series touches me every time that I watch it and inspires me to do something with sick children one day. That to me is great journalism. It is not always about breaking news, but is also about telling peoples stories and inspiring others to help and become better people. That was good journalism is. Of course we still need watchdog journalism too, It is vital to the running of democracy. But, there should always be room for these stories of incredible people facing dire circumstances. The most powerful thing a journalist can do is trigger the emotion of the people watching or reading that journalists story.
Kovach and Rosentstiel then go on to talk about entertainment news or “infotainment.” I don’t care for it much, but sometimes it is intriguing no doubt. However, I don’t think it has news value unless it is something along the lines of Tiger Woods car accident/wife going crazy cause he cheated or Michael Jackson dying. The rest should remain on E.