International Journalists’ Day: a tribute to the profession


But to understand why this day is celebrated, you have to go back in time. Julius Fucik was born on February 23, 1903 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He started as a literary and theatrical critic until he became editor of several magazines related to his ideology, such as Rude Pravo and Tvorba, in which he published dozens of reports. .

When the Nazi army occupied Czechoslovakia, he continued to publish in magazines featuring key figures in Czechoslovakian progressive culture. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo and then transferred the following summer to Berlin, where he was tortured and hanged a little later, on September 8, 1943.

During his stay in prison, he wrote the “Report at the foot of the gallows”, a book that immortalized his figure. It was published in 1945, has transcended borders and been translated into over 80 languages. Julius Fucik was posthumously awarded the International Peace Prize in 1950.

This is why journalists today have the great task of informing an increasingly large public through electronic media and publications on the various social networks.

On this date, we underline the importance of the profession in the search for truth and the defense of freedom of expression.

While studying journalism, we receive a lot of valuable information, but when we do career-related internships, we really put ourselves to the test and put into practice everything we have learned, becoming “effective communicators “.

Additionally, in this process, we learn from more experienced journalists and begin to create a personal working environment, which will focus on creating your best version in order to gain exposure in the media, often venturing into areas that you hadn’t imagined but while challenging yourself to achieve them.

By working in the media you develop skills and attitudes, as I have experienced in the print media for the past six months, as a journalist for Al Día News, where I work in journalistic reporting with coverage special in Bogotá.

On the other hand, we often meet an audience that we do not know, however, every day we must know how to inform truthfully with quality and interesting content.

I invite people who are training as journalists to do their professional internships, always keeping in mind the ethics of the journalist, that of the watchdog of power.


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