- Report on those in power through what we call watchdog journalism;
- Report on the public’s needs, impressions, and wants;
- Provide reassurance and even panic prevention by shedding light on critical events.
Were you right? Were you close?
Code of Ethics
*Ethics meaning: moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior.
A journalists should...
- seek truth and report it
- minimize harm
- balancing the public's need for information against the impact the information may have on the viewing audience (ex: Sandy Hook).
- act independently
- be accountable and transparent
"Let's begin with an examination of how people gather information about the world around them in order to arrive at what they consider an objective view of it."
-- The Myth of Objectivity in Journalism by Richard F. Taflinger
We live in a world, right now, where everyone has a camera phone and so therefore assumes that s/he is a journalist. There are many key differences between the average camera-phone owner and a journalist. One important distinction is that a journalist analyzes and disseminates news for the public, filtering out the key information as it is relevant to citizens. Most journalists today have even forgotten this critical step.
This video presents objective vs. subjective as a difference between provable (verifiable) fact...and an opinion of taste. The narrator draws comparisons between two pictures of two dogs. She makes two statements: 1) "This dog is dressed as Yoda." 2) "This dog is cute." Which statement is objective and which is subjective?
If you miss class then you can watch this video on Objective vs. Subjective to get a sense of the difference.
"Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American television personality, news journalist and photojournalist. In January 2015, after nearly 25 years at NBC News, Curry founded her own multi-platform media startup. In June 2012, she became the National and International Correspondent/Anchor for NBC News and the Anchor at Large for the Today show. She was co-anchor of Today from June 9, 2011 to June 28, 2012 and the program's news anchor from March 1997 until becoming co-anchor. She was also the anchor of Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Curry
Interview: Part I
Interview: Part II