I have noticed that the Odyssey has been receiving a lot of hate lately, and I don’t really understand why.
I write for several columns of The Clarion Call, so on any given week I can have anywhere from two to five articles due.
My editors give me an assignment, or I request one, and then I complete it. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world but the Odyssey gives me the opportunity to write about literally anything I want.
I’m so grateful to have the chance to explore my creativity as a writer without any boundaries. People who don’t see the valuably in the Odyssey are truly missing out.
As many of you know, listicles are a popular yet unpopular writing form found in many of the Odyssey’s published articles. Again, I do not understand why they are so hated. Have you ever written a listicle?
They are so fun and it’s probably one of the most creative ways you can write. I am so sick of seeing these pretentious writers undermining someone else’s work because they personally don’t like the style.
Not to mention, listicles are what the public likes to read, and as a journalist you need to consider your audience. Journalism is obviously evolving, and you can either get on board or get left behind. It’s your choice.
Another Odyssey article type that receives so much hate is the “Open letter” form. I have personally never written one of these, but I absolutely love reading them. So much emotion goes into each one that I have a really hard time hating it. It’s more than writing at that point.
In the articles I have read, ,the writers allow themselves to be so vulnerable and that is so beautiful. How anyone can hate them is beyond me.
Finally, to you ignorant people who publish and share articles saying stuff like, “Holy sh*t, your site is bad. Please stop,” you obviously haven’t done much research, because even if you don’t like some of the styles of articles, there are so many diverse writing forms and articles on the site that would fit into your ideals of “real” journalism.
In my opinion, a “real” journalist would have done their research and realized that already.