Journalism- /ˈdʒəːn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ (noun) The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television.
Apparently Beyonce is a better writer that all of us in the journalism field.
Over the weekend, I saw that singer Beyonce Knowles won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for an article she wrote that was in Essence Magazine called “Eat, Play, Love.” Click here.
Beyonce is no more a journalist that I am a singer. Does she even own a copy of the Associated Press Stylebook?? Probably not
As a member of National Association of Black Journalists’ Facebook group, I was completely shocked and appalled that this was allowed to happen. Giving an award to someone who does not work in this field sends the wrong message to all journalists out there.
Basically, it is a slap in the face to all journalists.
The question I have is this: Was this done for publicity?
Journalists who weighed in on the matter left several posts on the National Association of Black Journalists’ Facebook page.
“This was not a PR move. The previous board sent the submissions to the Dallas chapter to be judged. Essence submitted Beyonce and the chapter seemed her writing to be the best in the category.” A board member of the National Association of Black Journalists stated on the organization’s Facebook page.
Another member of the group shot back: “We'd be fooling ourselves not to believe that celebrity has some influence.”
As a journalist, this is extremely disheartening. Some of you out there may that think that I am a “hater.” My rebuttal to that notion is this: If someone in your chosen profession got an award for doing what you do despite the fact that they has never honed their craft like you did how would you feel?
Ask a Chicago Police Officer how they felt when their superintendent (Jody Weis) had no experience in being a police officer.
Ask a teacher how they felt when Ron Huberman became CEO of the Chicago Public Schools even though he had never been a teacher.
Maybe this definition can explain what is going on here:
Yellow journalism. n. Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.