In Chapter 7, Knight discusses the very important topic or Journalistic ethics. He talks about some reporters and editors losing their jobs because they violated the ethics. He states that “what sounds honest sometimes isn’t.” Some writers try to use clear language to misguide the readers into thinking it’s all true when it actually isn’t. One key to being honest is avoiding generalizations and assumptions and also respecting the reader and avoid putting the reporter into the story. These are all things I could work on in my writing and I think they will help make my stories a lot more ethically balanced.
Filak talks about the effects of critical thinking and how they affect journalistic writing. He states how important it is to demonstrate proactive and reactive skills during the process of reporting and to use critical thought when looking over content for your story, especially how relevant it is and if it adds any value to the readers.