Robert J. Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists section titled "Newspapers are unfair when: They allow editorial bias in news stories" addressed a key point in both news organizations and life. No matter how hard you try or how much you do, someone, somewhere will find fault with what you've done. And the same is true for journalists, although this is by no means encouraging you to think that journalists never slip up and allow some personal interest to color their work. Nevertheless, my favorite and most touching quote within this section is below:
"Newspapers will never be able to completely rid themselves of complaints about bias. Some readers so strongly disagree with editorial policy that nothing the most scrupulously fair news department does will be enough. Other complaints come from people who do not want a fair and balanced news report, but one that advocates their point of view. As long as newspapers exercise a public-service obligation to expose corruption, incompetence and injustice so the public can take remedial action, they will find critics among people who like things just the way they are."
Shelby Coffey III's Best Practices: The Art of Leadership in News Organizations section about "Learning" featured a quote by Steve Isenberg that really struck me. "Our journalism schools are not connected with schools of management, schools of health, schools of environment, schools of business or schools of law. Yet they’re within these universities." As soon as I read this, I felt a sense of pride in my choice of attending Seton Hill University's New Media Journalism program. Not only has this program provided me with the basic tactics of journalism, but it is a program that provides students with the knowledge of today's technology and how that technology will play a part in the future.
Coffey later addresses the future of news organizations in our world of ever-advancing technology in his section "Future of News." My favorite quote from this section was said by Tim McGuire. "The news cycle is our artificial creation. We’re the only ones who believe in a 24- hour newspaper cycle. It is our little fairy tale. The news cycle is now immediate. It is a half hour or less. The world is moving and breaking around us. That says a lot about how we have to position our newspaper, why we do have to be sophisticated, thoughtful and full of explanation and full of relevance of how this matters to you."
I think that this quote reflects journalists' "perfection" in the news field, as well as the realistic view that we need to work with what we have while hoping to be more caught up with things tomorrow. Today's news is racing over airwaves, zipping its way through cables, and inundating reporters and the public alike. Our main priority is to keep reporting the news to the public with as little bias as possible without becoming like the technology that will continue to serve our journalistic endeavors.
Take a look at what my peers have to say on these issues.