What it Takes to Practice Responsible Journalism?

Journalists are educating the public regarding world events as well as issues and how it is affecting their lives. They’re spending great amount of their time researching public records, sifting through pool of information and going directly to the source by visiting the scene where the crime was reported and everything in between. They do this to give the freshest scoops of information to the general public.

After performing thorough research of the subject matter, they use whatever they’ve gathered to create a piece for TV, radio or internet or write an article about it.

Only Accurate Info Allowed

However, journalists can’t simply make news out of nothing. This will negatively affect their credibility and integrity. Regardless if they’re covering an update for a game such as in Agario, reporting the health condition of a known personality and so on, everything has to be accurate and based on facts. This is the time when responsible journalism takes place.

How Journalists should react to Situations?

Before a journalist could write on a given subject, they have to gather facts and other info first. Oftentimes, they’re conducting interviews with those involved or have knowledge of the situation. You may even see them going to the scene of the crime or accident and perform interview to the police officers or witnesses to document what they’ve seen. To solidify their research, they even go to public records as well as other databases to get info and stats.

Despite the fact that news articles are one-sided base on the journalist’s point of view, still they would have to do collaboration.

The quality and how the story is stitched up will depend on effective the communication was.

Adaptability

Let me give you an example, the journalist has taken instruction from the editors on how to approach the story, how long it must be and who to interview. They must find strong people and at the same time, have the communication skills to convince them to talk and share the information they have. More often than not, the people approached by journalists are strangers to them as well. So if they’re not comfortable working around with such, they are going to make the interview uncomfortable for them too. This makes the interview less effective.