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âWhat this book does better than any single book on media history, ethics, or practice is
weave . . . [together] why media audiences have fled and why new technology and megacorporate ownership are putting good journalism at risk.â âRasmi Simhan, Boston Globe
âKovach and Rosenstielâs essays on each [element] are concise gems, filled with insights worthy of becoming axiomatic. . . . The book should become essential reading for journalism professionals and students and for the citizens they aim to serve.â âCarl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review
âIf you think journalists have no idea what you want . . . here is a book that agrees with you. Betterâit has solutions. The Elements of Journalism is written for journalists, but any citizen who wonders why the news seems trivial or uninspiring should read it.â âMarta Salij, Detroit Free Press
The elements of journalism are:
* Journalismâs first obligation is to the truth.
* Its first loyalty is to citizens.
* Its 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.
About: Updated to incorporate the latest information on current media trends, online media, blogging, and other recent events, a thought-provoking study outlines the main principles of journalism, discussing the ethical and professional issues affecting the work of newspeople, the forces shaping the profession, and the future of journalism.
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