Before-class assigned readings

Ask students to read these articles before they arrive in class:

  1. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, which states that journalists must “seek truth and report it.”
  2. The Essence of Journalism Is a Discipline of Verification, an Excerpt from “The Elements of Journalism” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel.
  3. Nine core principles of journalism, from Rebel News, Note: “The method is objective, not the journalist.”
  4. Going Beyond Both Sides, from Overcoming Bias, A Journalist’s Guide to culture & context. Read pages 10-13 which discusses Fairness, Balance and Objectivity, and The Maynard Institute’s Five Fault Lines or cultural borders between sources and journalists.  
  5. Twenty ways to cultivate an open mind, From Overcoming Bias, A Journalist’s Guide to culture & context.
  6. U-Va. rape survivor: Rolling Stone reporter had ‘an agenda,’ Washington Post, Erik Wemple, Dec. 12, 2014.
  7. Case Study: Rolling Stone’s ‘A Rape on Campus’ – Junior Gonzalez, Penn State Univ.