A creed

I believe in the profession of Journalism.

I also believe in the activism of Journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that all acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.

I also believe that serving to the public means both taking a role in a story and giving enough elements to the audience for them to make assumptions for themselves.

I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

I also believe that nuance, complexity and subjectivity are okay for journalism too.

I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

I also believe that, in following her heart, if a journalist wants to write a story about something that is not deemed newsworthy, she should be supported and not chastised.

I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I also believe that suppression of opinion in the newsroom is indefensible; the profession of journalism decries censorship and its own internal affairs should reflect that.

I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

I also believe that my own pocket book should not be the determinant of whether or not I can access journalism as a learning journalist; that journalism (and journalism school) should reflect the democratic nature of its calling in its economics and revenue.

I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

I also believe that fellow journalists should not have to fall on the sword because of dwindling advertising revenue.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; recognizes the individuality of unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

I also believe that journalism must continue to be a vessel of democracy and therefore must not be influenced by a superior power, a strict editorial board or outside force. I also believe that journalism will only fail if its own creators, its writers, do not have a voice to influence the medium in which their stories are told. I also believe that journalism has the capacity to be transformed across platforms and ways. I also believe that journalists are humans and are flawed just as much as the characters they write about, and therefore should not feel bad about the unreachable peak of objectivity. I also believe that journalism should not strike fear into the hearts of young journalists when they want to constructively criticize. I also believe that as a critical machine, journalists should be allowed to criticize the journalism system and not censored. I also believe that journalism can be an activist apparatus that can effect change and not be restrained by objectivity. I also believe in the integrity of journalism and its capability to withstand temporary mediums, like social media, and not compromise its honor.

I believe in the human nature of journalism.

I believe in the potential for journalism.

I believe that people care about journalism, even if they don’t know it.

I believe in the profession of Journalism as it is: a group of thinkers who can connect the world through a story, can have opinions and be free to maturely and thoughtfully acknowledge them — and who should not be afraid of doing either one.


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