Today, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Telemundo’s executive vice president, Ramon Escobar, has taken the time to lecture selected journalism students at Florida International University. His discussion explained everything a young journalist in the making should know, and the importance of using all resources to create a great story.
Escobar caught the students’ attention by first giving some background information about himself and the way he grew up. Born in Colombia and having moved to a small town where he would be the only Hispanic in sight, really gave him that extra push he needed to succeed in our country. Sure enough, he did. Escobar went on with his explanation of journalism. He defined journalism to be a “current, reasoned reflection of society’s events, needs and values, reflected on or published in print, TV or online.” He further explained each sub division of the definition. For example, society would cover anything from religion to culture and age. An event can be anything that occurs, whether it’d be a planned national music concert or an unplanned natural disaster. Lastly, the values in journalism can cover anything, however, without a biased opinion; journalists should never have a one sided story.
Ramon Escobar added that it is important to adapt to your surroundings wherever you may be, and to know everything! He emphasized that in today’s day and age, due to the amount of technology around us, young writers think that stories posted on social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter are considered journalism. “Guess what,” he said, “It’s not.” The best advice he gave the students was to make themselves available to all the news outlets out there and to broaden their horizons more than just social media. A journalist can not be successful and create a good story without the knowledge of what the story is even about.
“Expand your minds and be multipurpose,” he concluded.