The Elements of Journalism : What Newspeople Should Know and The Public Should Expect is a book written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. It focuses on the practices of Journalism today and what elements compose the field of news writing and reporting. The book is kind of like a Journalist' Bible and basically sets forth the rules of the job that a reporter must do. The authors express that "the purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing."
The authors of the book were both members of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and believe that the principles of journalism may be losing value. The number one thing in the life of a good journalist is his/her "obligation to the truth." As of right now we have only been assigned to read from Chapter 3-5 in this book which centered on business and the moral obligation of reporters.