Chp. 1 Blog Post
Objectivity is defined as “not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts” (Dictionary.com). Objectivity exists in the world of media especially when controversy arises. A good journalist refrains from bias by cultivating the piece of writing from more than one perspective.
When objectivity is recognized in a piece of writing, the author’s writing could be labeled as weak and unreliable. Bias is defined as “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair” (Dictionary.com). Bias does nothing to strengthen a piece or the website as a whole. Accuracy and fairness contribute to objectivity as well.
The piece must not only be objective, but it must also be accompanied by confirmed facts from other sources who remained unbiased. Bias information usually stems from opinions and emotions, both of which are not reliable foundations of accurate information. Changing the world of journalism and media requires a continuous effort to separate feelings, opinions and emotions from straight facts.
People have grown tired of the mundane and desire a relentless pursuit for what is right and true in the world. As long as journalists continue to produce writing that can cause others to form their own conclusions based off of facts rather than personal preference, then the world of authentic journalism will continue to flourish. Establishing unbiased, accurate and fair information assists in the efforts to produce quality writing.
The role of journalism in society is to fill in the gaps where basic research lacks. Journalism requires perseverance to find the truth, whereas others would settle for things that sound accurate but may not be. Society cannot thrive without journalism, for then people would not be able to withstand the chaos and confusion that comes about in the world of media.
Journalism is the peace within the storm of media; the piece of truth in a sea of potential truths. It is the role and responsibility of the journalist to provide society with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Thus, journalism will never die.