Journalism’s responsibility to the public

“[I]t’s important to remember that the public is our primary stakeholder, and we wanted to emphasize that. It’s critical that we earn and preserve the trust of our sources and subjects of coverage, but it’s always most vital to tell the public what we know to be true.” —Matt Thompson, Editorial Product Manager at NPR

Interesting read.

One comment

  1. Mark Jaquith · February 28, 2012

    It introduces a new and potentially powerful concept of fairness: being “fair to the truth,” which as we know is not always evenly distributed among the sides in a public dispute.

    Love this. Somewhere along the way people got the idea that journalists should just report what each side says. It’s as if a sports reporter covering a boxing match were to neglect to mention who won the fight and instead just report that “both sides threw some punches”.

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