In class writing:
How do you decide if something is true? For
example: a claim in a commercial, a statistic presented
in a graph, a friend telling you a story. What do
you look for? What questions do you ask?
What process do you go through? CLASS
of Journalism - what the media and citizens should be
doing - the role of media in a democratic society:
From The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople
Should Know and the Public Should Expect, by Bill
Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel:
1. Journalism's first obligation is to the truth.
2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from
those they cover.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting
8. It must keep the news comprehensive and in
9. Its practitioners have an obligation to exercise
their personal conscience.
10. Citizens, to have rights and responsibilities when
it comes to the news.