Objectivity

1971: A Case for the Professional

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the September 1971 issue of Nieman Reports.] …at no time in history has the world needed the professional journalist more. The strident, partisan voices of today’s society contribute heat but no light to … Read more

1955: The Seven Deadly Virtues

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the July 1955 issue of Nieman Reports.] …So revolutionary a change in the role of the American citizen was bound to have its effect on American newspapers. For many years we newspapermen had given the … Read more

1970: The Quest for Objectivity

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the December 1970 issue of Nieman Reports.] …Those who would improve our practices in questionable ways come not only from the outside in the form of powerful politicians. Some come from the inside. Militant young … Read more

1971: White Newsmen and Black Critics

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the September 1971 issue of Nieman Reports.] Can white reporters accurately report events that involve blacks and other minority groups? This question—and the related topic of whether reporting can or should be “objective”— was … Read more

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