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Nieman Reports, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Vol 55 No 2 Summer 2001 Abridged Special Issue Digital Reprint. 5 The Elements of Journalism,6 The News Has Become the News By M ichael Getler. 9 Chapter One Journalism s First Obligation Is to Tell the Truth. 10 Making Truth an Idea That Journalists Can Believe in Again. By Jack Fuller, 11 The Pursuit of Truth Can Be Elusive in Africa By Gwen L ister. 12 Chapter Two Journalism s First Loyalty Is to Citizens. 13 Inviting Viewers to Enter the Newsroom By Forrest C arr. 14 Loving and Cussing The Family Newspaper By Brandt Ayers. 15 Chapter Three The Essence of Journalism Is a Discipline of Verification. 16 Accuracy Must Be Our Journalistic Grail By M ichele Mc L ellan. 17 Determining the Line Between Fact and Fiction By Olive Talley. Continued on Next Page, to promote and elevate the standards of journalism. Agnes Wahl Nieman the benefactor of the Nieman Foundation. Close Print Back 3 eMprint newsbook 4 Contents Search View. Nieman Reports, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Vol 55 No 2 Summer 2001 Abridged Special Issue Digital Reprint. 18 Chapter Four Journalists Must Maintain an Independence From Those. They Cover, 19 In Crisis Journalists Relinquish Independence By Ying Chan. 20 Retaining Independence Isn t Easy for Journalists By Robert Blau. 21 Chapter Five Journalists Must Serve as an Independent Monitor. 22 Investigative Journalism Can Still Thrive at Newspapers. By L oretta Tofani, 23 Press Failure to Watchdog Can Have Devastating Consequences. By Murrey M arder, 24 Chapter Six Journalism Must Provide a Forum for Public Criticism. and Comment, 25 When the Public Speaks Do Journalists Listen By Geneva O verholser. 26 Is Journalism Losing Its Place in the Boisterous Public Forum. By Christine Chinlund,Continued on Next Page, to promote and elevate the standards of journalism.
Agnes Wahl Nieman the benefactor of the Nieman Foundation. Close Print Back 3 eMprint newsbook 4 Contents Search View. Nieman Reports, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Vol 55 No 2 Summer 2001 Abridged Special Issue Digital Reprint. 27 Chapter, Seven Journalists Must Make the Significant Interesting. and Relevant, 28 Why Has Journalism Abandoned Its Observer s Role By Jon Franklin. 29 Journalists Engage Readers By Learning Who They Are. By M elanie Sill, 30 Chapter Eight Journalists Should Keep the News in Proportion and Make. It Comprehensive, 31 The Absence of Memory Hurts Journalism By P hilip M eyer.
32 A Newspaper Strives to Make Its Coverage Complete By M ike Connor. 33 Chapter Nine Journalists Have an Obligation to Personal Conscience. 34 Journalists Need Help With Ethical Decisions By C arol M arin. 35 Refusing to Take the Easier Route By M ark G C havunduka. 4 Curator s Corner By Bob Giles, to promote and elevate the standards of journalism. Agnes Wahl Nieman the benefactor of the Nieman Foundation. Close Print Back 3 eMprint newsbook 4 Contents Search View. Curator s Corner Nieman Reports Summer 2001 e,Creating a Road Map for Journalism s Mission. Journalists reflect on nine core principles,By Bob Giles. J ournalism students learn in a different environment. today The influence of the new media and the potential. it offers for diverse career paths disrupt the old patterns. of learning about reporting news Convergence of vari. ous media and the technologies that support it also influ. Society expects journalists to apply this theory and citi. zens to understand it though it is seldom studied or clearly. articulated Kovach and Rosenstiel explain in the book s. introduction This lack of clarity for both citizens and news. people has weakened journalism and is now weakening. ence changes in curriculum But in too many places where democracy Unless we can grasp and reclaim the theory of. journalism is taught such core values as the role of the press a free press journalists risk allowing their profession to. in a self governing society and the responsibility that First disappear. Amendment protections require can start to seem discon Such a stark warning strongly suggests that a renewed dedi. nected from future endeavors cation to teaching about the standards values and theories. Such disconnection is worrisome since the burden and of journalism should have a central place in the education of. privilege of preserving the special role of the press in our students preparing for careers in the news media. democracy and of restoring the trust of citizens who de How might the principles and commentaries set forth in. pend on it will reside with those now preparing to become this little volume help accomplish that. journalists To begin Kovach and Rosenstiel remind us that the im. There is of course much students learn from journalists portant standards in journalism tomorrow will be the same. who have preceded them Such an exploration ought to core values of today and yesterday No matter what the tech. involve the discovery of how the day to day work of journal nology journalism will involve monitoring those in power. ism has been altered by the speed and capabilities of new researching a topic so as to ask probing questions gathering. technologies But it also should leave an indelible awareness information and identifying to consumers as much as pos. about what in journalism has not changed and should not sible where it came from examining critical documents and. change including some core principles that are an essential verifying what sources reveal. road map for journalism s mission In response to these nine principles journalists from. It is with this journey into journalism s past and present in throughout the world contributed reflections grounded in. mind that Nieman Reports has published this special issue In their personal experience to exemplify how these standards. it we examine nine principles of journalism as set forth by Bill operate in the daily routine of collecting and distributing. Kovach former Curator of the Nieman Foundation and Tom news Their experiences offer students vivid and compelling. Rosenstiel director of the Project for Excellence in Journal evidence of why understanding and applying these principles. ism in their new book The Elements of Journalism to one s work is so important. These principles were distilled from a series of discussions The Nieman Foundation is pleased to offer this special. among journalists and with the public and from surveys issue in the belief that the principles and discussion of them. and content studies Taken together and applied to the job will be a valuable text for students in basic writing and edit. that journalists do these principles comprise a theory of a ing courses as well as in seminars that explore theories of. free press journalism and the role of the press in society. Close Print Back 3 eMprint newsbook 4 Contents Search View. The Elements of Journalism Nieman Reports Summer 2001 e. Introduction,Publisher The Elements of Journalism,B ob Giles. Editor Four years ago 25 of this nation s most influential journalists came together at Harvard. M elissa Ludtke University with a shared sense that something was seriously wrong with their profession. Assistant Editor They barely recognized what they considered journalism in much of the work of their. L ois Fiore colleagues Instead of serving a larger public interest they feared their profession was damaging. it write former Nieman Curator Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel director of the Project for. Editorial Assistant, Paul Wirth Excellence in Journalism in the introductory chapter of their book The Elements of Journalism.
What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. Design Editor By day s end the group had a plan Soon they d have a name The plan to engage journalists. Deborah Smiley, and the public in a careful examination of what journalism was supposed to be The name The. Business Manager Committee of Concerned Journalists During the next two years the committee organized the. C heryl S cantlebury most sustained systematic and comprehensive examination ever conducted by journalists of. news gathering and its responsibilities In 21 public forums 3 000 people attended and more. This Nieman Reports than 300 testified In depth interviews were also conducted asking journalists about their values. eMprint newsbook was Surveys were done and content studies of news reporting undertaken. produced in cooperation The Elements of Journalism published this spring by Crown Publishers is the fruit of that. Donald W Reynolds, examination and in it the authors set forth the nine principles to emerge from this intensive. Journalism Institute analysis In this issue of Nieman Reports we are highlighting these nine principles because. at the Missouri School of we think there is great value to be gained by conversing about them We asked journalists. Journalism eMprint is a from the United States and other countries to address a specific principle through the prism. trade mark of the Curators of their experiences After an introductory article by Michael Getler The Washington. of the University of Missouri Post s ombudsman each principle will be articulated in the authors words excerpted with. The contents are digitally permission then reflected upon in two essays written by journalists. reprinted from the Summer Following the book s publication Kovach and Rosenstiel began speaking about these nine. 2001 Nieman Reports principles with journalists civic groups and educators igniting essential dialogue about. Copyright 2001 by the,President and Fellows of, journalism s future course As Kovach noted recently We ve got to make sure that as the public. Harvard College dissatisfaction grows it doesn t grow the wrong way towards censorship that says Stop this. Stop that We want a public that is more aware about what quality journalism means to them. and their lives and what they ve got a right to expect and how to recognize it. 617 496 2968, A curriculum based on the book has also been developed and is now being used by news. E Mail Address organizations in workplace settings A number of news organizations have invited us to talk with. nreditor harvard edu new staff members Kovach said The young kids I m seeing out there are on fire They almost. Internet Address mob us when we go in and start talking about these things They re so hungry to talk about. www nieman harvard edu this kind of journalism They didn t get this in journalism school nor in newsrooms because. newsrooms don t mentor their young anymore And part of what we re telling editors with. whom we talk is that they have an obligation to talk with groups in their community about who. they are what they are why they do it so they also become part of the teaching corps. Close Print Back 3 eMprint newsbook 4 Contents Search View. The Elements of Journalism Nieman Reports Summer 2001 e. The News Has Become the News, Influential voices spotlight failures and remedies for today s journalists.
By Michael Getler, L ike the good journalists they are Bill Kovach and Tom. Rosenstiel have that proverbial nose for news So too. does Nieman Reports exhibit a good sense of timing by. focusing its summer 2001 edition on the new book by these. two keen observers of the nation s press The Elements of. The quality and scope of network TV news seems to con. tinue declining The U S networks except for CNN long. ago abdicated any claim to seriously covering global news. although arguably it has never been more important for. American audiences than in this era of globalization Unless. Journalism What Newspeople Should Know and the Public American troops are in action somewhere what coverage. Should Expect arrives at an opportune time The news has there is of conflict abroad will usually involve a British re. become the news porter on the scene with pictures by German or Japanese. On one hand the spring season is awards time for the camera crews. country s newspapers and magazines and that has a restor The trend to greater conglomeration in the media in which. ative effect on many of us It reminds us of the range and more and more journalistic enterprises are no longer owned. depth of good journalism being practiced by many journal by companies whose main business is journalism and whose. ists and news organizations large and small around the main commitment is to journalism continues The conflicts. country Experienced editors and writers who sit on scores of interest inherent in reporting on these conglomerates can. of competition juries often remark upon how extraordinary only become greater. the entries are how hard it is to pick winners out of dozens The demand for higher profits or for maintaining already. of submissions Along with that comes a sense of well being high short term earnings by shareholders corporate man. about the state of this craft agers boards of directors and Wall Street shows no sign of. But this spring also has brought about a very public combi abating nor is it likely to Spreading in newsrooms is the. nation of challenges some sense that the obligation to. new some old with a new the news consuming public, head of steam to producing Spreading in newsrooms is the is being eroded by the pri. serious journalism macy of uncompromising,A slowing economy has. sense that the obligation to the financial goals well beyond. meant cutbacks in staff and news consuming public is being the common sense belt. it we examine nine principles of journalism as set forth by Bill Kovach former Curator of the Nieman Foundation and Tom Rosenstiel director of the Project for Excellence in Journal ism in their new book The Elements of Journalism These principles were distilled from a series of discussions among journalists and with the public and from surveys and content studies Taken together

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