Veteran journalist weighs in on state of the media

Veteran journalist weighs in on state of the media

SAN ANGELO, TX - The media: what many often blame for well just about everything. Media has evolved over the years and some students today are questioning getting into the business altogether.

"Right now the media's being hit over the head. I mean it was not like this when I started in 1960,” veteran journalist Joel Banow said.

Joel Banow has been in the business for a while.

"I was with CBS news for about 17 years, my own production company about 10 years, and I helped start up CNBC for 8 years, the first group of directors,” Banow said.

Now, semi-retired, Banow does freelance work for arts and cultural programing along with speaking to students and offering advice. As for what he thinks about the state of the media right now...

"It's kind of sad. It's not fair,” Banow said.

And he says some of the viewer's concerns are valid.

"It creates so many more problems in our society, in our country and that's what bothers me, and see where it's going, and somehow it has to change,” Banow said.

So, how do we change that?

"For me, it's the writing. That's key. The use of the English language. Language is important and learning how to write and how you say it and what you say, in a truthful way to give the right information,” Banow said.

Back to basics. The ‘who, what, when, where, why, and how.’ With growing backlash from viewers, earning trust will be a constant battle. Despite all of that, Banow's final words to students wanting to become journalists.

"Believe in yourself, feel good about yourself, feel good about what you're going to do,” Banow said.

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