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Journalists are just trying to do their job, but lately, it seems like more and more people are trying to prevent them from doing just that.

I really liked reading about the SPJ Code of Ethics and its four principles: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable and transparent. This provided a good summary of everything we have learned in class, and I think this is something everyone should read to better understand the journalism profession.

It was once again very surprising to hear another story about college protestors trying to keep journalists away, this time at a sit-in at Smith College. If journalists would have agreed to support the protestors’ cause, then they would have violated the principle of acting independently. Under this principle, journalists cannot give favored treatment to anyone. Journalists are also supposed to be unbiased and objective, so supporting the protestors would have hindered their ability to seek truth and report it.

I hope that more people become more knowledgeable about journalism. They are there to report the truth, and people need to respect that.

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