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It's no wonder that in 1997, the Committee of Concerned Journalists formed to "engage journalists and the public in a careful examination of what journalism was supposed to be." The Elements of Journalism reports the results of that study, which included 21 public forums (attended by 3,000 people), in-depth interviews with 100 journalists, editorial content studies, and research into the history of journalism. Part of what the committee members learned, they already knew. Journalism is complicated business: journalists are paid by management but work for the citizens; they tend to be self-taught (there is little evidence of mentoring and much disdain for journalism schools); and they need to be objective even when they're not impartial. This has always been the case. But the committee also detected a trend, one abundantly evident to anyone who has tried to find news on the evening TV news: "news was becoming entertainment and entertainment news."
"Unless we can grasp and reclaim the theory of a free press," warn Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, the book's authors, "journalists risk allowing their profession to disappear." Through their discussions with journalists, the Committee of Concerned Journalists defined nine "clear principles" of journalism, which Kovach and Rosenstiel explore in great detail. The first principle is, "Journalism's first obligation is to the truth." The last: "Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience." In between come issues of loyalty, verification, independence, and power monitoring, among others.
Invigorating reading for newsroom interns, jaded reporters, and anyone else who needs to be reminded of the rigorousness, integrity, and meaning of journalism. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Elements" is essential for anyone concerned with the state of the news business and citizenship today. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Judi L. Hetrick
If you are or mare striving the be a journalist in the digital age read this and learn. Great insight, forward thinking.Published 22 months ago by BeeG
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It was a requirement for my Journalism class, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Kovach does a wonderful job in using easy to understand rules and examples so anyone can understand... Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by The Kimmy, INC
I bought this to help with teaching my Newspaper class but it's not a very engaging book. I didn't get through the first chapter and it wasn't for lack of effort.Published on December 13, 2010 by Benjamin
This book is probably a good overview for someone new to these issues. However, for someone like me who has been interested in these issues for years, there is little here that... Read morePublished on January 4, 2007 by Douglas B. Moran
After reading Lippman's Public Opinion, this book provided a good review of what has happend in recent years. Read morePublished on August 10, 2006 by Grace K