Honesty and accuracy are two of the pillars of good journalism. A journalist’s job is to provide the truth with no bias and portray everything accurately. Journalists write to inform the people. If a story is skewed or information is left out, the reader is not getting the whole story. Facts can be hard to come by in today’s society, however. Fake news, photoshop, and corrupt journalists make writing accurately and factually-based very difficult.
Overgeneralization can be just as bad as providing inaccurate details. There are times when journalists don’t know the whole of the situation, but overgeneralizing is not the answer. A journalist’s job is to dig deeper than the average bystander so he can provide the public with correct information.
Being able to adapt to the situation is also a mark of a good journalist. Preparation is good, but journalists should also be prepared for a plot twist. Filak reminds journalists not to let their egos get in the way.
Euphemisms can be dangerous in journalistic writing. Being politically correct is okay, but Knight reminds journalists to not let it get in the way of their writing.