The Graphic Special Edition Spring 2021 | If It Bleeds

College Media Association Best Special Issue First Place 

If it bleeds, it leads” — a phrase that suggests sensationalized stories about violence are most successful — is a philosophy many journalists used to live by. ⁠

Our staff chose to explore the implications of this harmful phrase because, as journalists, we want to better understand the heart of the world, and, as students, we want to better understand the heart of journalism.⁠

This special edition not only provides an inside look into Pepperdine Graphic Media but also elucidates the expectations, assumptions and stereotypes surrounding journalism. We aim to shed light on the role and responsibility of both the Graphic and the news industry at large because journalism does not need to be admired or appreciated to be needed.⁠