Can you help me write an attention-getting opening for an assignment on what I want to be when I grow up and how I can address a pressing issue in the world by going into that field? I said that I wanted to be a journalist and that I would address inaccuracies in the media.

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When you begin writing the introduction of your paper on how you wish to become a journalist to fix the current issues of inaccuracies in the media, it might be a good idea to start with a quote from none other than Jon Stewart. Although he has never been a journalist, Stewart reached the zenith of journalism goals, which is something true journalists may not always be able to achieve.

He once said, "Journalism is dead," a phrase that has been uttered before, but weighs more coming from him. This phrase causes shock. Make sure to quote the speaker. If you start your argument with that statement and cite Jon Stewart, you will pique readers' interest.

They will wonder: 

  • Why is the author quoting Jon Stewart?
  • Does she/ he believe in that quote?
  • What does the quote have to do with the essay?

To support the use of the quote, you may want to write a small yet powerful reflection on what that quote means, and why the fact that it came from Jon Stewart makes it more controversial. 

Here are some reasons why, and they go hand-in-hand with your thesis, too. 

1. The fact that someone like Jon Stewart can declare journalism dead is not just a huge blow to those who still believe in journalism, but it is also a major reality check that prompts us to look at what is really going on. 

2. Stewart is a stand-up comedian whose pull in the media was all it took for him to do things that many legitimate journalists will never been able to do in their careers: He has interviewed a sitting President (Barack Obama), Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton (twice), Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, and a plethora of other important political personalities from all over the world—without even having to travel to THEM. 

3. Stewart is more well-liked and respected than any journalist out there. The popularity of Jon Stewart made him become a household name that, in turn, became associated with “the news.” Isn’t that a clear indication that traditional journalism is struggling?

Hence, I would suggest you use the quote and back it up with this information to create a powerful statement that may support that, according to a man who has done what no non-journalist has ever done, has to say about journalism: That it is dead. Perhaps it is!

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