Janet Cooke and Media's Honesty

Janet Cooke

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of media and honesty in the media. Specifically, it will discuss Janet Cooke, the prize-winning journalist who made up a story about an inner-city young boy who was a heroin addict. Cooke's story shows the pressure many journalists face and why readers should not always believe everything they read in newspapers and magazines.
Janet Cooke was born in 1958, and little is known about her true background or education. She claimed to have graduated from Vassar College and attended the Sorbonne in Paris, but these were both fabrications, her only degree came from the University of Toledo in Ohio. In ...

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made an attempt to begin writing again. Currently, the film about her life is not in production (Editors).
Janet Cooke's story, "Jimmy's World," was the story of an eight-year old heroin addict. The story was touching and well written, and reached the hearts of many people. The Post nominated the story for a Pulitzer Prize, and it won in 1981. However, by the time it won the prestigious award, there were many questions about Cooke and the article that were beginning to plague the writer. People at the Post discovered that many of the facts on her resume, such as attending Vassar, were fabricated. After her story won the Pulitzer, Cooke confessed that there was no "Jimmy," he was a composite character that she had made up. She resigned from the Post in disgrace, and they returned the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, she has been unable to work in journalism, and she is often used as an example of what not to do in journalism. In fact, one publication, Media Watch, gives a ...

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