Thursday, February 25, 2010

Undocumented Journalist: Diane Sawyer of ABC News

In an effort to expose unqualified journalists working in the field without documentation, I will identify whether or not a so-called 'professional' journalist actually holds a degree in journalism or communications.

Why is this important?

Documented journalists have been taught in college to not only cover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of news, but they have also learned the reasons why the framers of the Constitution protected the press from the government in the First Amendment, and the role the press plays as the Fourth Estate by providing final checks and balances over the political process in the United States. Journalist malpractice can thus be exposed through training or lack thereof.

Simply put, it is not the job of the press to hold one political party more or less accountable than another. It is the job of the press to objectively report the truth.
Diane Sawyer attended Seneca High School in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1963, she won the "America's Junior Miss" scholarship pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky.

In 1967, she received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism. Sawyer is an undocumented journalist because she does not hold a degree in journalism or communications.

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