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One of journalism’s favorite notions is that we don’t become part of the story.
Ann Opotowsky, a freelance writer and director of the TV documentary Burning Questions: The Poisoning of America, led a discussion at Comm Week Thursday on maintaining balance and objectivity in the craft of journalism.
In 1997, an organization then administered by PEJ, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, began a national conversation among citizens and news people to identify and clarify the principles that underlie journalism. After four years of research, including 20 public forums around the country, a reading of journalism history, a national survey of journalists, and more, the group released a Statement of Shared Purpose that identified nine principles. These became the basis for The Elements of Journalism, the book by PEJ Director Tom Rosenstiel and CCJ Chairman and PEJ Senior Counselor Bill Kovach.
What is the hallmark of good journalism?
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This is a confusing time for journalism students.
The following is cross-posted from a guest post I wrote for Wannabe Hacks . Objectivity is one of the key pillars of journalistic identity: it is one of the ways in which we identify ourselves as a profession. But for the past decade it has been subject to increasing criticism from those (and I include myself here) who suggest that sustaining the appearance of objectivity is unfeasible and unsustainable, and that transparency is a much more realistic aim .
Journalism, as we've known it, has been mourned deeply over the last few years.
DAVID BROOKS There is some dispute about whether objectivity can really exist. How do we know the truth? Well, I’m not a relativist on the subject.