On Journalism’s Purpose: Explore The Meaning

Dear Journalists: We need you more than ever to report the facts, but also to delve into the meaning. This is done by exploring metaphors within events.

Example: The horrific shooting at the popular gay nightclub, The Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. This attack was one of the deadliest in recent years. A rare event = a sign or omen.

This is one of the events that telegraphed the results of the 2016 Election. Let’s look at two metaphors.

1. The Pulse = the heartbeat, the primal rhythm = the state of the heart that we can expect within the new presidency.

2. 49 people killed, 53 injured = many people were ‘shot down.’ The Pulse was a refuge. A shooting tells us not only LGBT rights are under threat, but all civil rights. A dangerous downward spiral will occur under this new presidency. We must be vigilant.

Thank you, Journalists, for expanding your narrative beyond the rush of facts and for writing thought-provoking articles!

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