Sunday, November 6, 2011
Reflecting on Journalism
The main text for our journalism class is The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. Our journalism students write two papers in response to this book, and a short excerpt from a response by Michael Khong is below. He writes:
Another important obligation [for journalists] is loyalty to the readers. The journalist should always remember that people deserve high quality news. They have to gather all the facts necessary to arrive to what really happened in regard to what the journalist is reporting on. Even though they get paid from their employers, they work for their readers. They need to place their audience above everything else, and this includes the interests of the company they are working for, themselves, their profession, and their families too (Kovach 53). If the journalists are loyal to the readers, nothing can stop them from delivering the news to the people.