Chasing "The" Truth

Here is the latest in my ongoing series of essays, Local Media in a Postmodern World.

Chasing “The” Truth

As thousands of practitioners, theorists and academicians seek to reinvent journalism in today’s hyperconnected world, a central tenet of the trade must be honestly examined. Journalists seek the truth, we’re told, but what is “truth,” and has this quest really gotten us anywhere?  Are facts truth, and if so, whose facts?  The spinning of facts is the skill of that pseudo-journalist, the public relations specialist, but is the practicing journalist really capable of separating such chaff from the factual wheat? Do the tenets of balance and fairness apply to “the” truth, or do they suggest something more elusive? These are the questions we must ask, if we are to reinvent professional journalism in the age of personal media.

Next up, my 2010 predictions.

Comments

  1. “Is the practicing journalist really capable of separating such chaff from the factual wheat?” That’s an easy one: No. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do the best they can.

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