Bouncing back from an internet drubbing

A University of Buffalo student, Lisa Khoury, 19, has experienced a great deal of negative feedback after her article arguing against tattoos was first published. She has received many negative comments, hate mail, and even tweets on twitter causing a great deal of uproar. This article was published for a class, and was published beside one of her classmates counter arguments. Khoury said she had a difficult time not taking the comments personally. Khoury considered resigning from journalism, however she changed her decision when she had an epiphany about the negative feedback. “I didn’t mean that getting a tattoo means you don’t have morals and you don’t have values,” Khoury says. She said she now feels “blessed” that she has learned such a valuable lesson about journalism so early on in her career. Khoury said she has learned to not let these negative comments deter her from pursuing her career, and also she has learned to never do this to other people. She says she has learned the power of words, and will be more cautious about what she writes in the future, and make sure to say exactly what she really means. This article brings into the question if commenting on articles limits what journalists write, and making them too cautious not to offend people. Commenting is often thought of another source of expression for people, but this is an illustration of how comments can limit opinion pieces. Do you think that comments should be allowed on student pieces? Do  you this journalists should limit opinion pieces and stick to more unbiased works? Do you think Khoury’s experience was actually positive, or do you think her censoring of her work is limiting her freedom of speech?

Mackenzie Lavelle

Source: http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5246

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One Comment on “Bouncing back from an internet drubbing”

  1. Maria Torres says:

    My problem with this whole issue is that Khoury, as an aspiring journalist and a writer, lacks a tough skin. What her peers and people across the Internet think about her opinion article should not matter to her. She was doing her job, stating her opinion, just as anyone else would have in her situation. Did she maybe cross the line a bit when she implied that women who get tattoos are trashy classless? Undoubtedly. But she was still well within her rights, as a citizen and as a journalist, to write and publish that article. There’s nothing wrong with debate.

    She should take the legitimate critiques she got (like the fact that it was tasteless to make assumptions about women who get tattoos, etc) and learn from her mistakes. So, as far as experience, I would have to say this is a positive thing. As an aspiring journalist, she has to learn to take the good with the bad and understand that not everyone is going to agree with what she thinks. But she also has to learn that certain assumptions cannot be made in journalism, be it in opinion columns or in hard news articles.


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