State­ment of core val­ues

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS - — Wal­ter Huss­man, Jr. Pub­lisher

with­out Ochs, edit­ing, “To Im­par­tial­ity 1858-1935) give and fear the de­liv­er­ing or means news fa­vor.” im­par­tially, re­port­ing, the (Adolph news hon­estly, with­out per­sonal fairly, ob­jec­tively, opin­ion or bias. and Cred­i­bil­ity is the great­est as­set of any news medium, and im­par­tial­ity is the great­est source of cred­i­bil­ity. To pro­vide the most com­plete re­port, a news or­ga­ni­za­tion must not just cover the news, but un­cover it. It must fol­low the story wher­ever it leads, re­gard­less of any pre­con­ceived ideas on what might be most news­wor­thy. The pur­suit of truth is a no­ble goal of jour­nal­ism. But the truth is not al­ways ap­par­ent or known im­me­di­ately. Jour­nal­ists’ role is there­fore not to de­ter­mine what they be­lieve at that time to be the truth and re­veal only that to their read­ers, but rather to re­port as pos­si­ble com­pletely all ver­i­fi­able and im­par­tially facts so that as read­ers can, based on their own knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, de­ter­mine what they be­lieve to be the truth. both When news a and news­pa­per opin­ions, de­liv­ers the im­par­tial­ity and cred­i­bil­ity of the news or­ga­ni­za­tion can be ques­tioned. To min­i­mize this as much as pos­si­ble there needs to be a sharp and clear dis­tinc­tion be­tween news and opin­ion, both to those pro­vid­ing and con­sum­ing the news. “A news­pa­per has five con­stituen­cies, in­clud­ing first its read­ers, then ad­ver­tis­ers, then em­ploy­ees, then cred­i­tors, then share­hold­ers. As long as the news­pa­per keeps those con­stituen­cies in that or­der, es­pe­cially its read­ers first, all con­stituen­cies will be well served.” (Wal­ter Huss­man, 1906-1988)

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