When thinking about fair news coverage, I often wonder if we at Annenberg are doing a good job. Personally, I feel that not all news today does the best job of representing equality and fairness. A lot of people will tell you that what they read on their social media feeds is directly fueled by their own opinions.
As the future generation of journalists, I feel that we have a duty not only to the USC community, but also a duty to the future of journalism as a whole.
A few weeks ago, Saudi Arabia passed a law that stated women would be allowed to drive in the country starting next year. With this revolutionary advancement for women's rights in the Middle East, Annenberg Media was definitely on the story. Unfortunately, the people who were contacted for comments regarding this breaking news were not Saudi Arabian, they were Muslim.
Often times, I also see ignorance when it comes to distinguishing differences between culture and religion. Contacting the Muslim Student Union (MSU) regarding a Saudi Arabian law was wrong because the MSU is a group of Muslim students from all around the world. While almost all Saudi Arabians are Muslim, not all Muslims are Saudi Arabian. The multimedia journalists should have been directed to find Saudi Arabian students and ask for their opinions.
In the future, we should know the differences between cultures, religions, and ethnic groups. We should be careful not to offend anyone with our coverage, because fairness and sensitivity to diversity helps establish our credibility as a news organization.