So President Trump allegedly used the word “shithole” to refer to certain countries when discussing immigration at the White House. Soon, that word was all over the headlines, including in mainstream publications. Is this the new normal?
I am working today on my course syllabus for Spring 2018 at Columbia University. I am also seeing the word “shithole” used in headlines everywhere, as news media quote President Trump using that term during a conference at the White House. In my training as a journalist, I have been told repeatedly that such words are NEVER used when it comes to serious journalism. Is this the new normal? Are stylebooks rewritten as we speak? If the President uses such vulgarity, does it mean we publish it?
And, if my students at use such a word, am I supposed to condemn it, as would have my journalism professors, or accept its use?
Interesting and challenging times to teach journalism today.
Here is The New York Times’ take on the subject
April 18-19, 2018-–Newscamp ,Augsburg, Germany.
May 26, 2018 —Associacion Riograndense de Imprensa, Univesidad de Santa Cruz (Unisc), Brazil
June 3-6, 2018—The Seminar, San Antonio, Texas.