News - reporting
it, writing it, putting it in context - is becoming increasingly more
complex. Understanding what a fact really is, understanding how opinion
beneath information presented as facts, and understanding what it
really means to be a guardian of the truth - these are the questions that
challenge even the most seasoned of journalists.
ethicist Stephen J.A. Ward tackles the complexity of what he calls
“journalism beyond facts.” It’s not enough to just report what someone
in power claims
is a fact, or truth. It’s incumbent upon all journalists to actively
seek the truth.
Ward writes: "Journalism beyond facts will need a revolution in journalism education
that goes beyond using new technology to knowledge of the world. We need
a new generation of journalists who can mount a resistance to the 'mind
warfare' of ideological fanatics. We need to educate journalists who
can place isolated facts into meaningful context. We need journalists
who are at home in the world of policy, culture, and global
affairs - cosmopolitan journalists of broad mind."
Ward’s article is at http://mediashift.org/2017/10/journalism-beyond-facts-part-1/