Journalistic Integrity

Integrity [in-teg-ri-tee]

If I were to select one word to describe journalism in its entirety this would be it. Integrity differentiates journalism from non-journalism

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of integrity is a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.

The best journalists have integrity. They follow and respect those invisible guidelines which bring us honest, fair and accurate news stories that truly benefit the public. Names such as John Hersey, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein come to mind.

The values include independence from faction, accountability and uncovering the truth (think of muckraking during the Progressive Era).

Today, these values and standards are becoming hazy as news ownership now focuses primarily on making profit while new media outlets and practices can allow anyone to be a “journalist”.

When you blog about current topics, do you try to keep it fair and objective? Or do you prefer to share your opinion on them?

-Joey Nicol

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