Journalists Must Stay Objective.

Author:Healey, Mark

One of the first subjects an aspiring journalist is introduced to is media ethics. ("Critical Thinking: Should Journalists Take Part in Political Movements?" February 2020) As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, media ethics are "issues of moral principles and values as applied to the conduct, roles, and content of the mass media ... it includes issues such as impartiality, objectivity, balance, bias, privacy, and the public interest." As for covering politics, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) says "Objectivity in today's superheated political environment may be impossible, but impartiality should still be a reporter's goal. Even those who are paid to have opinions--columnists, editorial writers, talk show hosts, bloggers--should at least be aware of all relevant points of view." Journalists are human, and the explosion of social media is a powerful temptation for some in the media to...

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