The Journalist’s Creed

I still haven’t recieved my grade for that class yet. It’s understandable considering the university is closed until January 3rd. I should get it by then.

For now, I found something on the internet that I didn’t hear of in any of our journalism classes. Pretty disappointing considering that Concordia has a reputable journalism program. Anyways, I’m glad I came across it.

Here it is. The Journalist’s Creed by Walter William:

“I Believe in the profession of Journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust;
that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public;
that acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.

I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.”

 

Amen!

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