Journalism's first obligation is to the truth. This is a simple concept, however, there is said to be much conflict over the fact that one person's interpretation of what is true may differ from another's. Did Suskind give us the "truth" and how did he come upon this "truth"? In Kovach and Rosensteil's "The Elements of Journalism" they discuss how today's journalists explain the truth as responses they find in interviews, speeches, marketing slogans, and crude metaphors. However, finding the truth is much more. They explain how it is a process that one develops through their experiences in the field. Suskind is a vet...
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... journalists' "moral compass." A journalist needs to be able to stand up and say that something is wrong, it is biased, or misinterpreted. This element doesn't seem to show itself in Suskinds book but then again it wouldn't. This is something I'm sure Suskind faced on his journey of putting it together. Suskind standing up for what he knew to be right and true was what made the book what it is.
The task of writing "A Hope in the Unseen" was much larger then most of us can handle. Anyone can record some facts and put them together, but to truly fulfill your duty as a journalist you have to go far beyond that. We must follow Suskind's lead into the "unseen" and put the principles that journalism was founded on, back into practice. However, we can't stop there, it is up to us to pass our knowledge on so others can continue the fight for better journalism.
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