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Principles of Journalism. The first three years of the Project’s work involved listening and talking with journalists and others around the country about what defines the work.

Principles of Journalism

What emerged out of those conversations are the following nine core principles of journalism: 1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. 2. While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. 3. Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information. 4.

Independence is an underlying requirement of journalism, a cornerstone of its reliability. 5. Ethics Codes. The Arab Spring Wilts in the Media. 87% – Decrease in coverage of Mideast unrest from February to May 2011 The so-called Arab Spring rages on.

The Arab Spring Wilts in the Media

But if recent coverage is any indication, the U.S. media are not nearly as interested as they were a few months ago. Last week (May 23-29) alone, a government crackdown in Yemen reportedly killed more than 100 demonstrators; the European Union imposed new sanctions on Syria as reports surfaced that as many as 1,000 people have been killed in government crackdowns; Egypt decided to charge ex-president Hosni Mubarak in the deaths of protestors; and NATO announced a 90-day military extension in Libya as violence continued to escalate. Yet coverage of the Mideast unrest accounted for only 5% of the newshole last week, continuing a pattern of diminished attention to a story that dominated the mainstream news agenda in the first quarter of 2011 From that point on, coverage was only a fraction of what it had previously been.

Tricia Sartor of PEJ. Gay Marriage & Homosexuality. Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001.

Gay Marriage & Homosexuality

See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party. Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State To date, courts, legislatures and voters in 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, while 29 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage. This interactive shows the change in each state’s policy over time. Gay Marriage Around the World A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions. High Court Strikes Down DOMA but Leaves Fate of Proposition 8 Uncertain The U.S.

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