The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect

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Three Rivers Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 207 pages
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The Book That Every Citizen and Journalist Should Read

“What 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.” —Rasmi Simhan, Boston Globe

“Kovach and Rosenstiel’s 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.” —Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review

“If you think journalists have no idea what you want . . . here is a book that agrees with you. Better—it 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.” —Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press


The elements of journalism are:
* Journalism’s 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.
 

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User Review  - Jerry - Goodreads

The Elements of Journalism has generally good advice, but it lacks conviction and uses strangely inappropriate examples. It asks journalists to aspire to the scientific method, but without the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

This book gets very mixed reviews. I rate it 5 stars because of the simple definition it gives of journalism: "journalism is a discipline of verification." This concept, concise and straightforward ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
9
What Is Journalism For?
15
The First and Most Confusing Principle 3 6
36
Who Journalists Work For
50
Journalism of Verification
70
Independence from Faction
94
Monitor Power and Offer Voice to the Voiceless
111
Journalism as a Public Forum
131
Engagement and Relevance
147
Make the News Comprehensive and Proportional
163
Journalists Have a Responsibility to Conscience
179
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
199
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Bill Kovach is the chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Tom Rosenstiel is director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. They are the authors of Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media.

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