JOUR­NAL­ISM 101

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - Amitabh Das­gupta, For­mer Edi­tor, Pub­lisher and Prin­ter, Sakal Me­dia Group

COM­MIT­MENT

News un­folds any­time, any­where. The world de­pends on jour­nal­ists for in­for­ma­tion. Jour­nal­ists simply can­not fail their read­ers or their au­di­ence

TENAC­ITY

In­for­ma­tion that helps peo­ple is not al­ways eas­ily avail­able. Facts are of­ten not dis­closed. It re­quires tenac­ity to ac­quire such in­for­ma­tion

IN­TEGRITY

Jour­nal­ists must never take sides, fol­low some­one’s line, or ac­cept favours. They must not have any per­sonal agenda in, or con­flict of in­ter­est with, what they are writ­ing about. A jour­nal­ist can­not dis­play bias. They are nei­ther judges nor ju­ries, and cer­tainly not ac­tivists

AC­CU­RACY

Jour­nal­ists must en­sure that even the mi­nut­est bit of in­for­ma­tion that is pub­lished is fac­tu­ally cor­rect. Mis-re­port­ing and er­ro­neous re­port­ing are un­par­don­able. Jour­nal­ists are en­cour­aged to be scep­tics, so that they do not ac­cept any­thing with­out the ev­i­dence that proves it

EM­PA­THY

The only bias per­mis­si­ble for a jour­nal­ist is to be on the side of the un­der-dog. They must fight for the wronged. But they must not ma­nip­u­late or sen­sa­tion­alise the news in the process

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