Litkicks Message Board Archive

speaking of dicks... journalistic integrity, truth, responsibility in writing...

Posted to Utterances




does it matter? Apparently former NYT reporter Jayson Blair has a new book out, detailing not only his seemingly shady run as a reporter for the new york times, but also points fingers at other reporters for possibly crossing/blurring the line of honesty and integrity to get a good story. Does it matter to you? Do you think it matters at all? Or has reporting become more and more of an entertainment business? Or perhaps it's the competitive nature of getting the 'scoop'? Are there any journalists here (or aspiring journalists) who have been following this story?

There are actually so many different angles when following this story and the interviews and book deals for Blair... and of course it's highly likely that he's just the figurehead for a larger problem... (of course there are editors, staffers, other reporters who are probably "part of the problem") but I'm wondering how you, not only as consumers/readers, but as writers, feel about "truth" in journalism, how much you rely on the "mainstream media" and, well, any other thoughts or comments you have on this topic/story...

just thought i'd throw that out there...

-fc



speaking of dicks... journalistic integrity, truth, responsibility in writing...

Posted to Utterances




does it matter? Apparently former NYT reporter Jayson Blair has a new book out, detailing not only his seemingly shady run as a reporter for the new york times, but also points fingers at other reporters for possibly crossing/blurring the line of honesty and integrity to get a good story. Does it matter to you? Do you think it matters at all? Or has reporting become more and more of an entertainment business? Or perhaps it's the competitive nature of getting the 'scoop'? Are there any journalists here (or aspiring journalists) who have been following this story?

There are actually so many different angles when following this story and the interviews and book deals for Blair... and of course it's highly likely that he's just the figurehead for a larger problem... (of course there are editors, staffers, other reporters who are probably "part of the problem") but I'm wondering how you, not only as consumers/readers, but as writers, feel about "truth" in journalism, how much you rely on the "mainstream media" and, well, any other thoughts or comments you have on this topic/story...

just thought i'd throw that out there...

-fc