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ERIC Number: ED352689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-1
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Media Ethics.
Harrison, S. L.
A return to excellence and ethics can end the bashing of the press and earn it respect. H. L. Mencken was an outstanding press-basher. One problem he identified is that journalists see themselves as professionals, when they are no more than "hired hands" unable to control admission to the craft. A solution Mencken offered was to improve schools of journalism. Newspapers often cite competition from television, but the television carnival can spur serious print professionals to compromise their product. When news reporters become "personalities" and television cult figures, then something is wrong with the business. Back-biting among television and print media promotes press bashing. Contributing to the press credibility issue is the tendency to publish questionable news from vague and dubious sources. One answer is simply to produce a first-rate product. Newspapers must give readers a full and complete account of what is happening and why. With well-trained staff and management, the entire industry can do better. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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