The Elements of Journalism, co-authored with Bill Kovach, outlines journalism’s essential concepts. Here, in brief, are some core concepts that are useful for people to understand about some the underlying ideas in journalism.
These guards are based largely on the research and teachings of the Committee of Concerned Journalists — a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics that for 10 years facilitated a discussion among thousands of journalists about what they did, how they did it, and why it was important. Tom Rosenstiel co-chaired that committee and led its work. These guides were summarized by Walter Dean, who worked for the committee.
What is journalism?
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.
Journalism can be distinguished from other activities and products by certain identifiable characteristics and practices. These elements not only separate journalism from other forms of communication, they are what make it indispensable to democratic societies. History reveals that the more democratic a society, the more news and information it tends to have.
Bias and objectivity
Journalism attempts to be fair and accurate. It does this through objective methods and managing bias. These guides help you understand and navigate those processes.
Verification and accuracy
A journalist’s first job is to “get it right.” But how? These guides help you understand how to think about accuracy and practice verification.