The Essentials of Journalism
This collection of guides explains the basic principles and elements of good journalism.
What is journalism?
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.
What makes journalism different than other forms of communication?
What is the purpose of journalism?
The elements of journalism
What does a journalist do?
The journalist as a ‘committed observer’
The theory of the interlocking public
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.
The lost meaning of ‘objectivity’
Tools to manage bias
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.
Journalism as a discipline of verification
The Hierarchy of Accuracy
The Hierarchy of Information and concentric circles of sources
The Protess Method of verification
Crafting good journalism
The Elements of Journalism describes journalism as “storytelling with a purpose.”