I pledge allegiance

What do you believe in?

Pardon the dangling preposition, but it’s an important question, especially in an industry that is changing faster than the weather.

Using a few Cmd-C and Cmd-V to borrow from Walter Williams’ Journalist Creed, I crafted my own for G.K.’s last class.

A Journalism Creed

I believe that the profession of journalism is at its best when creating conversation, not simply relaying facts.

I believe that a journalist inherently has biases because a journalist is a human being; that those biases can be acknowledged; that these ideas are fundamentally not at odds with the practice of journalism because the journalistic method is objective.

I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I believe that journalism is innately good and necessary for a free and self-governing nation; it’s purpose is three-fold, to enlighten, to empower, and to entertain.

I believe that journalism is not simply words on a page; that the best stories convey the information in the most compelling way, regardless of platform, while also acknowledging the economic rift between information haves and have-nots and understanding that a good print product is still the most efficient, cost-effective way to reach those at lower socioeconomic levels.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — is unaffected by celebrity, power, and rhetoric; moves quickly, but does not rush; celebrates triumphs and probes failures; is tolerant, but never careless; is quickly indignant at injustice; seeks to give every man a chance; and is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

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