Paper View: Week of 3/21

Love is stronger than hate. Love is stronger than hate. Love is stronger than hate.

There has been a lot of controversy with schools lately.  From the white supremacy scandal on our own campus, to the fact that young people can get guns so easily and bring them to school; there is a lot of hate in our world.  People do not pay attention to the needs of others.  It is rather upsetting to many of us here at the paper.  We are constantly in awe of what is going on in our own country and we cannot do anything to really make a difference at times.  We try our best to influence our writers to act in solidarity, but are we successful? Not always.

One thing I strongly believe in is that love is in fact stronger than hate.  We should all strongly condemn hate.  It is much easier said than done.  We can send our thoughts and prayers, but that does not make a true difference in our world.  We need to get down to business and take love more seriously.  Love each other.  It seems so simple, but it isn’t.  I know it isn’t. We have this guy, Stew, who writes the paper all the time.  Stew has no affiliation at all with Fordham.  He didn’t go here. He didn’t teach here.  He really just likes writing us letters to the editor– sometimes he even addresses them to me, Claire.  Picture it: “Dear Claire”. Anyway, Stew wrote us about love and how dudes should pick girls.  Despite the weird undertones of the article, Stew made a point: we should only surround ourselves with people who are nice and caring.  Forget money and fame.  We need to support those who support love.

And that is all I want to say this issue. Love more. Love freely. Love proudly. 



Hello Fordham!

Dr. Journalism here to give some spicy hot tips on good journalistic practices. Today’s lesson is on interviews! Interviews are a form of journalism where a writer asks subjects a question and then documents their responses. As such, it’s quite easy to give accurate accounts about what transgressed. After all, the only thing you need to do is write exactly what the interviewee said! Of course, you might run into some road bumps; for example, you might completely fabricate quotes and pretend as if the subject said it verbatim. Other mishaps could include sensationalizing childhood trauma for shock value, or (and this is a big no no) you could insinuate that the subject has been accused of bigotry, even if this has never occurred. You see, in the journalism world, this is what we call “slander,” and should be avoided, generally speaking.
I don’t mean to startle anyone with these these tips, these mistakes are very uncommon, and would only happen if a publication had their head very far up their own ass. Most importantly, I trust you to make the best decisions about your writing, and I can rest easy knowing that any reputable publication would see these mishaps from a mile away. After all, that’s why we have journalistic ethics in the first place!
I hope that these hot tips help you in the future! And remember, if you wanted to make up stories, you could have just written a novel.



Doctor of Journalism

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