Journalistic Responsibility and the Media

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Journalistic Responsibility and the Media “... Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility.” Gary Deen. In Journalism, honesty and truth are the key points. It is the journalist’s duty to incorporate those points in his or her writings. The information that we receive from listening to the news on the radio, reading the newspaper, or watching local news are all considered a form of journalism. Lately, the demand for newspapers and the amount of people whom get their information from newspapers has lessened greatly. As a matter of fact, in a report by the New York Times, in 2009, newspaper sales have dropped 7% from 2008. To add on that, web site audiences had increased 10.5% that year alone. However, I believe that the need for traditional and accurate news reportage is in its greatest need because people are getting their information from less reputable and accurate sources via the web. Every time we access the internet, the first thing that catches our eyes is the headline news. But, some of these articles are not very accurate and give the reader the information that he or she would like to hear rather than what they actually need to know. According to a recent study by Pew Research survey, public perception of the accuracy of news stories is at its lowest level in more than two decades because people are getting their news from inaccurate sources; internet, blog... ... middle of paper ... ...re are sites better than others. Every T.V. news station has its own official websites. Those would be great sources to get information. For example, you can get information from websites like www.cbs2.com or for national news you can go to www.cnn.com. Newman also stated that smart phones are one of the things that people can’t live without; you can easily access any news website as listed above. Now a day, every wireless provider required an internet package when getting the phone. This means that anybody that owns a smart phone can have the access to news websites. People these days, especially in the time that we are in, have a hard time acknowledging the true stories from the stories there for the sole purpose to entertaining. Now it’s up to the journalists to diminish the totally untrue stories and give the readers or the watcher the actual true story.

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