Ethics in Journalism

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What is ethics? Merriam Webster Definition of ethic 1 ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation 2 a: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values Every good news organization has a handbook with a written policy or …

The First Amendment

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, guarantees freedom of religion and speech, the press and the right of people to gather to protest and complain to the government. In its own words: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise …

How News Organization Get News

https://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2018/08/17/trump-attack-on-journalist-baquet-intv-axe-files-vpx.cnn News organizations gather information with teams of reporters and editors. But they also use outside sources including wire services, or news agencies, to provide information. These news agencies have their own teams of reporters, videographers, editors and producers who cover breaking news, politics, business, sports, entertainment, culture and more. They have investigative teams that …

Opinion vs. News

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What's the difference between an opinion piece and a news story?  An opinion piece gives you information from the point of view of the writer, or presenter. It may include facts, and reporting, but it differs from a news story in that it lays out an individual's ideas and often their biases.  Opinion is, essentially, …

Reporting Basics

  Reporting  Journalism means more than taking handouts or reporting what’s said in news releases. Good journalism rests on a set of principles. Solid stories require accurate information and balance in reporting it. Think about answering a story’s basic questions: who what when where why   HOW Then examine how the story happened. How do we …

How We Write

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When you sit down to write make, sure that each sentence reflects what you mean. Use active verbs and write clear concise sentences that convey your ideas. Active Voice The subject comes first in an active sentence. Example An anonymous senior White House advisor wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times and called …

Active Writing

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Copyright 2018, Barbara Nevins Taylor ACTIVE WRITING Active writing allows you to say what you mean in a clear concise way with colorful verbs that paint a picture. In 1946, the writer George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984,  complained about politicians and others who use fuzzy language to hide the truth. "Political language …