Truth and Knowledge: Know your News.

A good story, in my opinion, is a story that not only informs the readers/viewers but also has its emotional value towards it. As Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel mentions in ‘The Elements of Journalism‘: labels this as “storytelling with a purpose.”

As I mentioned the week before, stories surfacing on the web may be fabricated to some extent in order to create popularity or even create a reaction. In the era of reaching targets and fulfilling profits, the concept of followers, likes and viewers seem to shift the main reason of “story telling”.

The Ethical Journalism Network mention 5 fundamental principles in journalism as:

  1. Truth and Accuracy
  2. Independence
  3. Fairness and Impartiality
  4. Humanity
  5. Accountability

Truth and Accuracy is a very important aspect in regards to creating a good story, in this TEDxPerth video, it stars journalist Andrew Jaspan, editor-in-chief of The Conversation: an an independent source of news, sourced from the academic and research community to deliver to the public.

He mentioned the fall of journalism’s quality with scandals surfacing (fake news, phone tapping etc.), he mentions one way to rebuild trust is by coming up with a new way of news writing, which is through giving readers something more: better, integrative news.  He believes that this then serves “..the needs of a functioning society and democracy” or what he calls 21st century better, informed citizenship.

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He mentions that expertise is one key in creating this environment, know what you’re writing about and sticking to the truth, highlighting the importance of transparency in today’s journalism. Skills can be brushed, and creativity can be developed regardless – but the truth will always come first.


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