A nice article, though I’m disappointed to read about your experience in your first reporting class. Bias and objectivity get thrown around a lot without much thought. I like how this article traces back the original intent of objectivity. I agree, it has nothing to do with whether writers put themselves in the story. It is really just about being transparent with audience about where you got your information from.
One of the great confusions about journalism, write Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in The Elements of Journalism, is…www.americanpressinstitute.org
I have no problem with writers using first person. In fact, most of the writing I do these days (non-academic) is done in the first person. But I do think that if we are going to be in the story there should be a reason why we are there. There is nothing worse than bad journalism presented in the first person. Privileged and whiny come to mind.