You’re a journalist! You’re a journalist! Everybody’s a journalist! (Except Oprah, apparently)

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I recently overheard a debate between two journalism students at Mizzou about whether or not Oprah Winfrey is a journalist. One of the students described her as such, and the other objected indignantly. “She can’t be a journalist, she has an opinion!” she said. To her, although Oprah is undoubtedly a media personality and content producer, the fact that Oprah engages in advocacy and philanthropy invalidated her as a “journalist.”

Isn’t it weird to belong to a profession whose legitimacy can be questioned like this? Who decides who is and isn’t a journalist?

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Instead of pointing fingers, let’s recognize and navigate biased news

There’s a good chance you’ve seen this Venn Diagram floating around the internet. It offers a handy guide to navigating various news outlets and their patterns of bias. Take a look and see where your favorite news outlet falls.

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Did this chart treat your favorite news outlet fairly? If you’re a fan of The Blaze or Occupy Democrats, you may be a bit disappointed— or even angry. You may even protest, “But they’re the only ones that actually tell the truth!”

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