Ask students to read these articles before they arrive in class:
- The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, which states that journalists must “seek truth and report it.”
- The Essence of Journalism Is a Discipline of Verification, an Excerpt from “The Elements of Journalism” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel.
- Nine core principles of journalism, from Rebel News, Note: “The method is objective, not the journalist.”
- 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.
- Twenty ways to cultivate an open mind, From Overcoming Bias, A Journalist’s Guide to culture & context.
- U-Va. rape survivor: Rolling Stone reporter had ‘an agenda,’ Washington Post, Erik Wemple, Dec. 12, 2014.
- Case Study: Rolling Stone’s ‘A Rape on Campus’ – Junior Gonzalez, Penn State Univ.