From my experiences on the same course, Joseph has a great point. Finding an angle on a news story is inherently at odds with the notion of objectivity that we’re taught.
While a story must be covered giving balance it isn’t a bad thing to give prominence to the most salient arguments. Personally I’d rather read a viewspaper over a newspaper. I want a journalist to tell me what they think is important. That’s what I’m paying for.
If I want a more objective channel for my news I can quickly read the BBC news website. But the BBC is a string of facts and while I can gain knowledge from that, I can’t gain insight.
Journalism students should be taught to be thinkers as well as writers. They should be told to have an opinion, be thought provoking, be controversial. If you can’t be angry, rebellious and controversial as a student then you’re going to be a very dull dinner party guest by the time you’re 35.
Full link to Joseph’s blog http://josephstashko.com/media/student-journalists-take-note/