Filed under: Business + Politics, Society + Media | Tags: CEP, communicate, energy issues, Holcomb, journalist, policymakers
In this class, I kind of feel like we’re journalists…for a time. Wikipedia defines “journalist” as a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues, and people while striving for non-bias viewpoint. This is striking as it relates to our field work and subsequent work with CEP. We are gathering and disseminating information while striving to communicate authentically. Maybe like this?
With our field work we hoped to find out what makes policymakers tick. We confirmed a lot of our suspicions. As the old saying goes, “Opinions are like a$$h….s, everyone’s got one.” Well, policymakers are no exception. And their opinions run the gamut.
I interviewed a Holcomb area policymaker while Brooke and Hilary interviewed KC area policymakers. We interviewed both Democrats and Republicans, men and women, and city, county and state policymakers. I’d say we got a good sampling! I can summarize our findings in three words….”night and day.”
With the upcoming election, we’ve seen policymakers can be opinionated to the point of being unconceivable; just like some people on climate change. The dichotomy of opinion has made me realize one thing…..that we can only solve these environmental and energy issues by crossing party, race, income, and other lines and meeting in the middle. Because, if you can’t convince them, then you’ve got to compromise to accomplish anything.
Doing this field work was a good experience. I learned a lot. As far as becoming a real journalist…well, I should probably stick to engineering or maybe a citizen journalism.
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