Do Journalists Always Need Objectivity?

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The question of the objectivity in journalism is a major topic for discussions in the media. It is important because the answer to this question will define the journalism itself as a term. That is to say, are journalists the static representors of the opinions and information or are they form opinions and setting agenda?
Objectivity is more like a dream or ideal, but maybe it is possible. There is another question: does reader always need objectivity? In this essay, I want to prove that an attempt to be fair it is a great initiative, but absolute objectivity is impossible. In addition, the ‘journalism of opinion’ can be useful, but it has to go to the level of public debate and considered as media activism.
This problem is very serious for
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I think, before becoming a journalist and throughout your career, you need to clearly articulate own goals and reasons for working in the media. It may help to stay on track. Journalists should ask themselves if they want to influence the opinions or respect the reader and give people information to think and form an independent society. If they choose the first option there is nothing wrong with that. But then you should choose another profession. This may be the scope of activism or policies. These are good areas for work, which can be achieved not only for positive change in society, but also to earn prestige and influence. But if you choose the second option and still want to be a journalist, you should take a step back and be a bit more modest. Because the purpose of the formation of critical thinking between readers is more complex, long-term and require a lot of …show more content…
“Balanced coverage that plagues American journalism and which leads to utterly spineless reporting with no edge. The idea seems to be that journalists are allowed to go out to report, but when it comes time to write, we are expected to turn our brains off and repeat the spin from both sides. God forbid we should attempt fairly assess what we see with our own eyes. "Balanced" is not fair, it's just an easy way of avoiding real reporting...and shirking our responsibility to inform readers.” (Ken Silverstein, 2008) These words are inspiring. The problem is, where is the line between the desire to positive changes and trite

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