The difference between quality journalism and the lesser sort is that the latter is not devoted to supporting peaceful societies or peaceful relationships.
|Leading to peace?|
There are many concerns expressed, here in my salon for world peace, whenever the media has an unpleasant influence on societal relationships. Fortunately, there are many enlightening pursuits through which to support not only excellence in journalism but also such wonderful experiences as peace, justice, beauty, understanding and magnificence.
|News or promotion?|
My own investigations have revealed that the lesser sort of media does not truly have any properly defined and refined journalism at all. That media has an intrusive and dramatic approach to gathering details likely to attract the attention of prurient minds.
At the same time, there are many sources of essential information of urgent significance towards improving the quality of lives yet that information is rarely brought to the adequate and useful attention of ordinary members of the public. That is why I have taken it upon myself to provide that service.
Australia is one of the largest importers of armaments in the world. At the same time, the country has relied on exports of raw materials, especially from mining, to pay for those potentially deadly devices. The mines have consequentially destroyed many habitats, and even other livelihoods, around Australia.
Remediation of Australia's 50,000 abandoned mine sites has been grossly inadequate. It is, therefore, a sign that society itself is frequently abandoned to the whims of exploiters.
There is, in addition, a worldwide entertainment industry feeding off the attention likely to be attracted to scenes of human turmoil. Whether the turmoil is societal or more personal, those emotive and dramatic events, whether factual or fictional, bring excitement to the dull routines and meaningless desperation most people consider to be their normal lot in life. Lower forms of "journalism" are no more than sordid entertainment.
Religion is a common response to meaningless desperation and dull routines. Yet unjustifiable religion feeds off hatred for views unlike those of its adherents. Throughout history, unjustifiable religion has demonstrated disrespect for the diversity often to be found through informed opinions and personally meaningful yet non-religious experiences.
Tabloid journalism is a form of unjustifiable religion in itself. It claims to share knowledge for the benefit of societies. It claims it has the moral right to express its views. Yet it wraps anything of importance under layers of garbage.
Quality journalism is like quality literature. In fact, it can often be quality literature. Yet seriousness can often be boring, no matter how meaningful its contents may be considered.
Through my duties, not only as a head of state and media proprietor but also as the chief executive officer of one of the world's most highly regarded educational institutions, I am required to supervise the compilation of training manuals.
Journalism for Peace
A Manual to Guide Quality
Knowing when something is no joke
Donors pledge US$3.8 billion at #Kuwait3 for #SyriaCrisis response: http://t.co/9Pdup8ySJH #WhatDoesItTake pic.twitter.com/SxnyCoJ9My— UN Development (@UNDP) March 31, 2015
Layla's drawings attract spectators at Hesia camp near #Homs,a #UNHCR shelter. She wants to be a painter in future. pic.twitter.com/GRozXJeXav— Firas Al-khateeb (@khateebunhcr) March 30, 2015
The number of #Ebola cases in West Africa is declining - but there’s still lots more work to #gettozero http://t.co/YQXGyjd13n— UNICEF (@UNICEF) March 20, 2015
See why rising energy needs threaten to drain the world's water resources. Full infographic http://t.co/ScqmlamSAB pic.twitter.com/sR4eDzQQMg— UNESCO (@UNESCO) March 22, 2015
Why is it so hard to see black and blue? One in 6 women are victims of abuse. #StopAbuseAgainstWomen pic.twitter.com/FgDdKdsMMb— TheSalvationArmySA (@SalvationArmySA) March 6, 2015
Asking questions thoughtfully
Why can't politicians say 'good idea' when an opposing party suggests or does something positive. It looks pathetic when they don't.— Wynne Evans (@wynneevans) December 5, 2013
Twitter has spoken. #thepowerofthumb “@admpstr: Our flag to fly at half mast on day of Mandela's memorial.”— Benjamin Northey (@BenNorthey) December 6, 2013
Identifying rare beauty
MT “@WOWPicsOfLife: A pink Katydid. Usually grey, this is a 1 in 500 mutation. I think he looks fabulous pic.twitter.com/potnd9jPW8” @annaweez— Leah Thomas (@Leah_Thomas) January 10, 2014
Encouraging people to form their own conclusions
In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) December 27, 2013
Stating the facts clearly and accurately
Children are a miracle. An annoying, whiny, constantly asking for things miracle.— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) December 30, 2013
Attracting the most influential audience
#NowPlaying a perfect #CUPPAclassic Which one are you on our chart? @timlihoreau pic.twitter.com/QzZRvnudpf— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) March 3, 2014
Maintaining clear priorities
Today: - Pope rage - France meltdown - Hurl furniture at Spain - Poetry - Ladies - Strum lute sexily/eat duck - Male heirs - Soup— Henry Tudor (@KngHnryVIII) February 18, 2014
#Wateris development. On #WorldWaterDay, take a selfie or draw what #Wateris to you & share. pic.twitter.com/2LpjXRfBjl via @UNDP— United Nations (@UN) March 22, 2015
@cathywilcox @call_me_tomasso See,this is what can happen!RT@rickygervais It's knackered from excessive chipmunking pic.twitter.com/R2neBAcA6e— Caroline Jones (@Caroline_J) November 4, 2013
Focusing on usefulness
You asked, we answered. Why Wasn't [My Favorite Artist] Nominated? - A: http://t.co/T5LvQJpQxx #GRAMMYs— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) December 19, 2013
Choosing who to interview
More lovely interviews to keep forever - Lorin Maazel @MaestroMaazel and @Bryn_Terfel now available as podcasts http://t.co/kLuCZTQ7n5— In Tune BBC Radio 3 (@BBCInTune) September 6, 2013
Examining economic issues
The violin market is red-hot. Despite the recent economic downturn, instrument prices have continued to rise http://t.co/dRad2SJF9X— The Economist (@TheEconomist) December 5, 2013
Being appropriately inclusive
Hey @triplej! It's not just hot in Melb and Sydney today – Adelaide's suffering 43ºC you know. Ignorant arsehats.— Baxters (@baxters) December 19, 2013
Selecting colour pieces
Interpreting law enforcement
Nice to see some jurisdictions still see the value in, & will support their Police Bands. https://t.co/S6FGv7oCCb #bandtogether #springst— Jeremy de Korte (@jdk_music) January 22, 2014
Ensuring the correct pronunciation
20 Classical Music Names You Are Probably Mispronouncing - Huffington Post http://t.co/RHBVu72DFv— Classical Music (@ClassicalMusic8) March 21, 2014
Class, race and classical music http://t.co/e9E8H11OYg— Guardian Classical (@GdnClassical) April 4, 2014
NEWS: Classical Music is to be renamed Film Music because apparently film is the only medium that makes use of it: http://t.co/nHGHaLcnCx— ABC Classics (@ABCclassics) January 19, 2014
Attempting accurate translations
They say you're too long, German words. I say you're too big to fail.— Nein. (@NeinQuarterly) January 10, 2014
On the Radio 3 Tumblr, two lovely pics of Pete Seeger from the BBC archives pic.twitter.com/LfkfACZMlG— Steve Bowbrick (@bowbrick) January 28, 2014
Avoiding association with criminals
"[Copyright] Infringement has been facilitated on a commercial scale..." #AttorneyGen #GoldenAgeofPiracy http://t.co/A2ECtaEDgH— ABC Arts (@ABCArts) July 30, 2014
Keeping it relevant
#Tartuffe2014 production images are up! Take a look at http://t.co/2dToipfPSC pic.twitter.com/7k7uD4kBaZ— Bell Shakespeare (@BellShakespeare) August 8, 2014
Shaping political decisions
UKIP candidate who said Israel should "kidnap" Barack Obama has been replaced http://t.co/IbCgBamIUf #GE2015 pic.twitter.com/TUZrnprPPb— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 31, 2015
Investigating educational matters
Happy 134th birthday @NHM_London! Here’s @britishmuseum before the natural history collection moved to South Ken pic.twitter.com/8zGmvspmAE— British Museum (@britishmuseum) April 18, 2015
Shaping social values
Managing the issues
I think universal harmony is a pipedream and it may be more productive to focus on more modest goals, like a ban on yodelling.— Woody Allen (@WoodyAllenDaily) April 2, 2014
Examining real estate markets
Two US cities that are now pretty much exclusively for rich people. http://t.co/z94jwEPabc— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 20, 2013
Maintaining balanced reports
Justin Bieber confirmed he is NOT retiring. Christmas ruined.— Tim O'Connor (@TimOConnorAUS) December 19, 2013
Identifying similar incidences
Distinguishing between a news report and a training manual
Like, seriously, how can you write an entire article about democracy, mentioning Ancient Greece several times AND NOT MENTION SLAVERY— Ben Eltham (@beneltham) August 19, 2015
Trying not to cause offence
http://t.co/etg4nUoVNk VC BUZZ | 20 Things Never to Say to a Classical Musician … #LOL #ROFL pic.twitter.com/Y8RwkXyMPE— The Violin Channel (@violinchannel) August 18, 2015
Becoming a rock star journalist
@nolan_paul71 review of #hemaraisproject concert marais and the operatic muse @sydneycon- http://t.co/kH2zhlEzWf pic.twitter.com/br62WSLz7j— David (@sydneyartsguide) August 18, 2015
Dealing with mobs
Flash mob: Wed 19 Aug 10.30 am 45Downstairs: 45 Flinders Lane Melb; World premiere of Wind Farm Music Dedicated to Tony Abbott. Entry free— Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) August 18, 2015
Just look at these beautiful women at Flinders St this morning! #Wearitpurple #fb pic.twitter.com/WbgPZUYLgk— bumblebee (@embilbie) August 27, 2015
Listening to informed critics
What a good thing :) Ouch #MusicQuote #LoveMusic #InspiringMusic #ComposerInsults pic.twitter.com/9lDGYrGIzU— Black Cat Acoustics (@TheatreAcoustic) August 19, 2015
Attempt on the life of King George III pic.twitter.com/eXSgqvnvuI— Culture (@culturaltales) August 6, 2015
These two paintings were painted by my ancestor Thomas Barber (1771-1843) and are on display at Kedleston Hall. pic.twitter.com/5CkUeuxAZf— Robert Clay (@RobertClay62) July 29, 2015
Covering big events
The Duke of Wellington's Funeral Car. pic.twitter.com/dwDCRnwYLs— Culture (@culturaltales) June 27, 2015
Finding signs of absurdity
This is a message for Jacques Derrida. Would Jacques Derrida come to reception. pic.twitter.com/fBwMcN1FWk— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) July 29, 2015
New @UNFCCC document to serve as tool to help govts in negotiations toward #COP21: http://t.co/rGTnwiD8Te #Action2015 pic.twitter.com/o3WD6lToE9— UN Environment (@UNEP) July 25, 2015