News must be reported
EVERYONE has their hero, and when it comes to journalism the man I look up to is Steve Mascord.
A rugby league and rock’n’roll scribe, Mascord caught my attention as the normally well-loved writer copped both barrels on social media for his stance on the South Sydney Rabbitohs incident.
Mascord defended journalists’ role in forcing the NRL to reopen the case, as people continued to attack both he and other journalists’ integrity.
On that issue, I stand with Steve, but the argument about a journalist’s role is one that is occasionally muddied, usually by accusations of hidden agendas.
I don’t speak for everyone in the field, but journalists don’t have agendas; we report the news.
Whether it’s good or bad, popular or not, we have a duty to readers – and the community – to hold people and businesses to account if they are wrong.
It is our job to get to the bottom of stories, to give both sides a chance to speak and present the issue as fairly as possible.
Just on the Rabbitohs incident, I’m glad the NRL reopened the case and I hope they throw the book at them for their disgraceful behaviour.