Today I felt like I jumped a fence into a brave new world, a first step away from what I’ve always known and into a fresh new space. I sat my first journalism exam today and in the lead up to the actual event, I admit to being filled with immense self doubt and a bad case of nerves. I was afraid that I’d let myself down and that my pursuit of a career in journalism/media/communication was a flight of fancy. However, once I started the exam which was an open book online effort (something completely foreign to an old duck like me), I began to relax and realise that the many hours of reading and note taking I’d done were going to pay off after all – it seemed like I had done enough to pass.
Although I’m only studying two subjects this semester, I’m finding the content completely different to anything I’ve studied before and am delighting in being able to sit in a lecture theatre and absorb it all. In fact, I feel that I owe it to myself to make good on my investment – this Uni caper is expensive.
Which makes me reflect on my current journalistic purpose. Good journalism seeks to uncover the truth and begins with the process of assembling and verifying facts. A good journalist will strive to put the public interest – and the truth – above their own self-interest or assumptions. I’m going to do this in the field of exercise science and nutrition, starting by unpacking some of the concepts that nutrition and exercise quacks use to make money out of the unwitting especially given my recent experience with the triathlon trolling business. It is time to reveal the truth from all angles based on verified facts. Being a good journalist means not becoming compromised by self interest or being intimidated by power, rather it means using qualities such as intellectual curiosity, an independent spirit and most importantly, an open mind.
Being independent is a good cornerstone for reliable reporting.
My experience with all types of quasi health and wellness quacks has inspired me to get out there and restore some balance back to the force. Happy to look at anything, even down to ways to reliably make kale taste good! You have been warned 🙂