Scott Pelley First Amendment Award Speech

CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY  inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.  CBS photo by John Filo ©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.
CBS photo by John Filo
©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Listening to the speech from Scott Pelley receive the first amendment award was very inspiring to anyone who wants to become a journalist.  Pelley mentions Fred Friendly a lot who has now passed away, but had the opportunity to meet him at his home.  He mentions Friendly because the “journalistic house” that Friendly built is metaphorically on fire.  Journalists are getting it wrong every day  because of the moral changes that have been made when it comes to reporting stories.  Pelley mentions that the era of social media; people who use Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit have made an everyday person with no schooling in journalism a journalist.  He references the United States to have the best journalistic schools in the world, but in the world we live in today journalists are getting it wrong every day because every journalist wants to be first when it comes to reporting stories.

Pelley does a great job in his speech referencing that something needs to be changed in the way stories are being published.  With social media like twitter that journalists use so much, there is a culture of having the first story published is more important than having the accurate story.  Last week everybody thought there was a shooter on campus, when really it was a guy with a knife.  While both are serious situations to be taken with caution if you are in the area, it is so important to get that information correct while reporting on it.

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