Burch Diplomacy Club organized the first ever “Dialogue with a Journalist” with Mrs. Jasminka Memić on the topic of “Advocating for the Community through Journalism.”
Mrs. Memić spoke about the constructive role journalists, especially community journalists, have for their local communities, emphasizing the relationship between local and national media outlets.
“They work together to provide the reader, listener, and viewer a valuable experience, informing her or him about the current events that have the most direct and most immediate impact on her or him,” Mrs. Memić said about community journalists like her and journalists who work for large media outlets.
She emphasized the difference between quality journalism, in which promoting the interests of the community at large is its primary goal, and yellow journalism, in which increasing the popularity of the news outlet as its primary goal.
She used examples from her own rich career to better explain to the public how journalists can advocate and improve their local community, both for others and themselves.
Mrs. Memić started her career in journalism during the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995 as a war correspondent and one of the founders of Radio Lukavac. She continued working as a professional journalist to this day. Last year, she was elected to the Municipal Council of Lukavac, continuing her quarter-century career of advocating for her community.