Thanks for putting Your trust in us
Back in 2001, there was a book published that outlined just what was the basic purpose of journalism.
The book, “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect,” written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel resulted from an extensive study of the history of journalism and showed that good journalism was the cornerstone of a good democracy. It also showed that in order for a democracy to be successful that the constituents of that democracy needed to be informed.
The writers surmised that the purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be “free and self-governing.”
The writers formulated these tasks for that to happen:
1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
In the coming year, we here at the Monroe Journal will become more focused on keeping these tasks before us. As your local newspaper, it’s our responsibility to provide you with the information you need to live more fulfilling and successful lives.
Some of the information we provide isn’t pleasant, but necessary for the first obligation – the truth.
In 2013, we will strive to provide you with the best newspaper we can deliver and thank you for putting your trust in us.
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About Charlie LangfordCharlie Langford is the general manager of the Monroe Journal.
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