You have heard the term the Fourth Estate.

The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media it is often used as way to describe how journalists and journalism fits into the civic life.

The term comes from Europe during medieval times, which dates from the 5th century to about the 13th, 14th or 15th century. The idea of estates was the way people referred to the organization of their societies. There was the nobility, the clergy and the common people. And then there if there was group that had influence they called it the estate. By the 18th century, the fourth estate referred exclusively to the press and now to all news media.

Our job is to look from the outside in. We all have biases and many of us have strong feelings about things. But we want to step back and try to become as objective as we can knowing that we have biases.

Journalist theoretically should work like a tangent to a circle, touching but outside.

A tangent from CueMath

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