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Watchdogs and Squirrel Chasers

To be honest, I couldn’t help but stare at the “Beware of watchdog” shirts. As we were discussing exactly what it meant to be a watchdog journalist, I was thinking of how afraid I’d be of a dog (as pictured … Continue reading

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Intelligence: The Basis for Idealogues

It’s a shame that some of the most informed people aren’t always allowed to be the most politically and socially active. Journalists, being in the heat of the information moment, arguably learn the most about current events than the audience … Continue reading

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Reporting like an Editor: Objectivity in Transparency

There is a noticeable lack of children wanting to be editors when they grow up. Logically, this may stem from the fact that editors remain fairly hidden in the professional world—the public sees authors who write books, they see actors … Continue reading

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Weighing In Humility

How much is an apology worth? In journalism, where reporters and news-bringers are supposed to be providing accurate information on a public scale, an apology might seem like an admittance that the entire company has flawed reporting. This would then … Continue reading

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Journalists’ Duplicitous Loyalties

Kovach and Rosenstiel claim that journalists’ first loyalty is to citizens for which they write. They explain that “digging up and telling the truth—even at the expense of the owners’ other financial interests—is a prerequisite of telling the news . … Continue reading

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When Truthiness Surpasses Truth

Stephen Colbert was awarded the “Word of the Year” award from Merriam-Webster’s 2006 contest. The word was truthiness, defined by Colbert as “truth that comes from the gut, not books,” and defined by Merriam-Webster as “the quality of preferring concepts or … Continue reading

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Journalism: A Celebration of Thinking

[O]pinions can be interchanged, and the people thus become one mass, breathing one breath and one spirit, their might increases . . . “New Monthly Magazine,” London 1831 Journalism is that medium by which opinions are shared and peoples are … Continue reading

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