Fear-mongering. Distortion. Misinformation. Lies. Mass hysteria.

The news cycle has been accused of all of these and more during this unprecedented pandemic era, and maybe rightfully so.

As someone who ingests publication media more so than cable news, I was able to insulate myself somewhat from the effect that the televised production had on the population, but I was still aware of the white-knuckled grip that many had on their TV remotes throughout 2020 and now, into 2021.

“Science” was the bedrock on which left-leaning platforms claimed to be built, and “our rights” was the bedrock on which right-leaning platforms…


“All the President’s Men” tells the story of two journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post, who investigated and published coverage of the Watergate scandal. Their work is heralded as one of the greatest achievements of investigative journalism and portrays several principles and themes that constitute effective journalism.

A procedure known as “The Paul Williams Way” can be seen throughout this movie. Set forth by its namesake, Paul Williams, this process recommends 11 steps for an investigate project, according to “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook” (IRH): 1) Conception, 2) Feasibility Study, 3) Go/No-go Decision, 4) Base Building, 5)…


With great power comes great responsibility. Fortunately for journalists, that responsibility for people in power, economic or political, comes in the form of laws requiring some extent of transparency to journalists so that they can keep the public informed and cut through a bit of the jargon mire that surrounds powerful people and institutions.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), passed in 1966 by President Nixon, was an act designed for federal agencies and officials to allow access to their information. State legislatures soon followed with similar laws, although states, such as Utah and Vermont, had already passed pro-access of…


Americans typically spend over $100 billion on summer vacations, and about half of the population is currently saving for their next trip. Travel has become a priority and desire for more and more people as it has become more accessible and marketed.

COVID-19 and a strange winter season has caused some turbulence for travelers and airlines this last year. As people who lived in international destination cities became scared of their hometown, flights out of these COVID-19 hotspots soared in price. …


Online shopping trends in the past few years, and especially during the world’s time in quarantine, have enabled and expanded “fast fashion” like never before. Fast fashion is defined as “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.” As we’ve immersed ourselves in the lives of other people over social media and observed the latest fashion trends, mass-market retailers have capitalized on that time by sprinkling your feed with ads for their products. 63% of products purchased online are clothing and apparel, and 84% of consumers refer to at least one social media site before…


Registering for JOUR 485, Investigative Reporting, felt like buying a ticket to a game I’ve watched from the outside my whole life — one I’ve wanted to play my whole life. I have always surrounded myself with a plethora of reporters, writers, columnists, commentators, and authors who have succeeded in writing about things that matter, especially things that they’ve discovered. I’ve drooled over the lengthy exposes and investigative pieces that have won Pulitzer Prizes and changed lives. As a former English major, I’ve stood in awe of the power of information and effective language to communicate realities to readers that…


Digital media is the most desired and consumed type of news in this technologically-driven reality of the 21st century. Although this digitized form of communication might tend towards disassociation, news consumers still desire the community connection that local news has always offered.

For Emily Brown, a local reporter for “The News & Advance,” says she always keeps in mind that her story is for her local readers and to share their stories — a guiding principle to instill community connection.

While working in Nelson, VA, a few of Brown’s most community-driven stories came as a result of recommendations from other…


The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

Celebrity pastor Carl Lentz’s alleged lover tells all: ‘I was…


In an age of information overload, Americans are increasingly distrustful of traditional media to provide them with the correct information. According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center in August 2020, almost half of Americans have little to no confidence in media outlets to have their audience’s best interests in mind.

This lack of confidence stems from several different factors, many of which Americans believe news outlets can improve upon, considering 75% of Americans studied said confidence could be raised. This skepticism is seen as a healthy thing for most Americans, though.

I do believe that skepticism is a…


This article emphasized the need for relevance. Use rhetoric and language that is relevant to your audience to allow for the most clarity. Consider relevance when cultivating a story so that it matters to the audience and is actually read.

Relevance is bigger than just “selling-out” for readership or money. Utilizing relevance maximizes impact. I am a person who cares a lot about a lot. I can be impassioned about almost any cause and interested in almost any knowledge. But it’s important as a writer to understand that that is not the mindset of…

Taylor Christoson

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store