Weekly Competition #14

One question was asked last week:

What if all journalists were anonymous?

Well done to Knighthunter24 at John Ruskin Primary School who was this week’s winner! There were lots of good answers to this questions that showed great evaluative reasoning and used examples to support their points of view.

This was a tough week when Final Pieces were also being filmed, so well done to all of you who managed to do both!

Remember: in January, we will have both a primary AND secondary winner each week!

15 Comments

  1. I think that if all journalists were anonymous then they wouldn’t write the truth because no one would know who had written the article. In addition, people who don’t agree with what they have written can’t respond to them and people that do agree don’t even know who wrote this and therefore they can’t get praise or even have their writing expanded. A benefit of being anonymous is that you can’t be blamed for what you have written. This is good because if some don’t agree you won’t risk your job.
    By pancake destroyer

  2. Rockliffe Manor Primary Rockliffe Manor Primary

    If journalists were anonymous i think it will be good and bad.My good points are a bit like the example because you would here the truth and not have to worry about fake news which is coming up a lot lately.My bad points are that the journalists who wrote the article will not get praised if the article is good.

    By Unigirl G

  3. Pros.
    They don’t get straight forward criticism
    Their identity is safe
    It gives them more confidence to write their opinions

    Cons
    They can’t get attention for their job
    They can’t tell family and friends their achievements having that job
    They can’t really go out and research or else their identity may be revealed

    Curious Kitty

  4. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    There will be negative and positive attributes towards this.
    A negative side is that fake news , propaganda and slander will increase due to people saying anything thing they want either out of spite , revenge , hate or attention and not get the consequences because they are ‘anonymous’.
    Another negative view is ‘legitimacy’ , if there is an author say someone who claims they went to russia but really, they didn’t . We wouldn’t know what is fake news and what isn’t without major references such as author’s name . This is happening in North Korea , where Kim Jong Un creates major documenteries and articles about the western people are planning to kill them.
    However a positive attribute is privacy and a safer space to view your opinions .
    Privacy is great when someone who may say something unpopular or contreversial can not get harassed by reporters or close minded people.
    A safer space could mean if there is something the public need to know however maybe something is stopping them for example blackmail.
    This all leads to my conclusion that if every journalist was anonymous we would know more and recieve more opnions on a subject however slander would occur due to no consequences.

    A.B

  5. St Gregory's Catholic Primary School St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

    I think that the negative would be that they wouldn’t be properly famous because nobody would know who they are. The positive is it would be more exiting for them when you see them on the news or something.

    By Greencat

  6. Pros:
    •You gain the confidence to write what you believe.
    •Many people around the world judge others by their race/age/religion/spouse etc. But if your identity is unknown- you won’t have to face bullying.
    Cons:
    •You can write whatever you WANT. Many people aren’t sensible online- if every journalist was anonymous, you wouldn’t know who to report!
    •If the article achieves positive responses, readers wouldn’t be able to praise the journalist.
    OriginallyCurious

  7. John Ruskin Primary School John Ruskin Primary School

    I think that if journalists were anonymous people wouldn’t be able to get back at them if they disliked what they said, but since they’re anonymous people wont know other peoples feelings.

    + if they were anonymous people wouldn’t know they’re true feelings or if they were telling the truth or lying and people wouldn’t know who the journalist was or how the journalist got that information.

    Then again journalists would be safer if they were anonymous because people wont know their whereabouts, and the journalist could be open-minded, give their OWN opinions and honesty because they wouldn’t care who liked or disliked their articles because they wouldn’t be scared in upsetting other people.
    Knighthunter24

  8. The main disadvantages to being anonymous are that you can’t make any progress wether it’s going up or down because nobody has any idea what you have written. This means that you can’t increase your salary. People might want to turn anonymous to be more outspoken but I think in the long run it just wouldn’t work out for them.
    Whichever way you look at its a very interesting question that makes you think a lot.I really love these questions so keep up the good work BNC!

    PeperamiMan

  9. I think that if journalists were anonymous they’d be more truthful, as in some countries if journalists spoke negative things about them they could be killed or tortured so that other journalists don’t write about the negative and only positive.

    -JoJoSays-

  10. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    Positive- There’d be more information because no body would be able to come after you like some extremists do if they don’t agree with you.
    Negative- It would be come far more biased as no one would hold back their opinions in total safety. I know opinions and safety are important but in news we need to know the facts.
    Catmad

  11. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    If journalists were anonymous, they could get away with seriously hurting another persons feelings or beliefs and not get caught for ages. But, if someone wants to hurt a journalist because they disagreed with one of their articles, then being anonymous could keep them safe from injury.

    Ravenclaw Diader

    • Stoke Community School Stoke Community School

      I agree Ravenclaw Diader Journalists can get away with hurting a lot of people but if they get hurt it’s whole other story it’ll be all over the: internet, news channels, school and places of work. But I also I also agree with Catmad because we need to know facts facts and more facts. But there can still be a source of opinion but the only reason why people watch the news is for a big heap of facts. It’s not just politicians who lie through their teeth. Even some of the most trusted names in news have told a tall tale here or there. Some of them are even featured in celebrities who plagiarized. Which journalists have lied? Well, NBC suspended Brian Williams for half a year after he was caught lying about his experience in a war-torn Iraq. CBS suspended Lara Logan after she was caught lying about a contractor’s experience in Benghazi. As it turns out, journalists lie all the time and, thanks to other journalists, they are often caught. This list of news reporters, anchors, and hosts who have lied to their viewers and readers will have you questioning where you get your daily news.

      From Bill O’Reilly’s war story, which turned out to be fabricated, to reporters like Stephen Glass, whose lies have launched Hollywood films, there is sadly no shortage of liars who are themselves employed to catch liars and report the truth.

      The major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have all had their share of correspondents and anchors who have fabricated and even directly misled. In 2003, The New York Times even had to fire a journalist whose articles were often made up. Meanwhile, cable news channels like MSNBC and Fox News have introduced news anchors like Ed Schultz and Steve Doocy, respectively, who have been caught putting politics before journalism.
      Juan Thompson, a reporter for national security-focused website The Intercept, made up sources and fabricated quotes for the publication, even going so far as to create a fake email address in order to impersonate a source. His poor journalistic practices were revealed in 2016, when the site was forced to make severe corrections to four of his articles, and fully retract another.

      According to his boss, editor-in-chief Betsy Reed, “An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed. In other instances, quotes were attributed to individuals we could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed. In his reporting Thompson also used quotes that we cannot verify from unnamed people whom he claimed to have encountered at public events. Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods.”
      Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity does not hide his politics, but even he admits he has a responsibility to tell 100% truths. That’s why even he had to address the lie on-camera when, in 2010, he claimed Michele Bachmann’s rally had a bigger audience than it truly did and even used footage of Glenn Beck’s rally and pretended it was hers.
      So there are some journalists who lied and got caught so not all of our trusted journalists can be trusted.

  12. Stoke Community School Stoke Community School

    I agree Ravenclaw Diader Journalists can get away with hurting a lot of people but if they get hurt it’s whole other story it’ll be all over the: internet, news channels, school and places of work. But I also I also agree with Catmad because we need to know facts facts and more facts. But there can still be a source of opinion but the only reason why people watch the news is for a big heap of facts. It’s not just politicians who lie through their teeth. Even some of the most trusted names in news have told a tall tale here or there. Some of them are even featured in celebrities who plagiarized. Which journalists have lied? Well, NBC suspended Brian Williams for half a year after he was caught lying about his experience in a war-torn Iraq. CBS suspended Lara Logan after she was caught lying about a contractor’s experience in Benghazi. As it turns out, journalists lie all the time and, thanks to other journalists, they are often caught. This list of news reporters, anchors, and hosts who have lied to their viewers and readers will have you questioning where you get your daily news.

    From Bill O’Reilly’s war story, which turned out to be fabricated, to reporters like Stephen Glass, whose lies have launched Hollywood films, there is sadly no shortage of liars who are themselves employed to catch liars and report the truth.

    The major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have all had their share of correspondents and anchors who have fabricated and even directly misled. In 2003, The New York Times even had to fire a journalist whose articles were often made up. Meanwhile, cable news channels like MSNBC and Fox News have introduced news anchors like Ed Schultz and Steve Doocy, respectively, who have been caught putting politics before journalism.
    Juan Thompson, a reporter for national security-focused website The Intercept, made up sources and fabricated quotes for the publication, even going so far as to create a fake email address in order to impersonate a source. His poor journalistic practices were revealed in 2016, when the site was forced to make severe corrections to four of his articles, and fully retract another.

    According to his boss, editor-in-chief Betsy Reed, “An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed. In other instances, quotes were attributed to individuals we could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed. In his reporting Thompson also used quotes that we cannot verify from unnamed people whom he claimed to have encountered at public events. Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods.”
    Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity does not hide his politics, but even he admits he has a responsibility to tell 100% truths. That’s why even he had to address the lie on-camera when, in 2010, he claimed Michele Bachmann’s rally had a bigger audience than it truly did and even used footage of Glenn Beck’s rally and pretended it was hers.
    So there are some journalists who lied and got caught so not all of our trusted journalists can be trusted.
    stokesquirell5

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