Do People Need the News?
Journalism, in some form, has always existed in human societies. Humans have a basic need to know what is going on beyond their immediate experience. People who can gather information from outside the immediate area in a timely fashion and then retell it in an engaging manner have always been valued.The Elements of JournalismJournalism’s first obligation is to the truth
Journalism’s first loyalty is to citizens
Journalism’s essence is a discipline of verification
Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover
It must serve as an independent monitor of power
It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise
It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant
It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional
Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
--Project for Excellence in Journalism
The primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.
--Kovach and Rosenstiel
To what extent do you think journalists today uphold Kovach and Rosenstiel’s “Primary Purpose?”
Only when it's easy to do so
About half the time
Most of the time, even when it's difficult
Almost all of the time
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