As you know, one of our main emphases these semester is that aiming for truth rather than mere accuracy is a hallmark of ethical journalism. Both “The Elements of Journalism” and the codes of ethics we have read give truth a prominent position, and Thomas Patterson’s “Informing the News” is dedicated to the proposition that truth must take precedence over old-school “he said/she said” journalism.
On Wednesday we’ll have our first guest speaker — John Wihbey, the managing editor of Journalist’s Resource, a colleague of Patterson’s and an incoming Northeastern faculty member. Journalist’s Resource is a database of reliable research on a wide variety of issues. In preparation for class, he has asked that we read the following short articles:
- “Excessive or reasonable force by police? Research on law enforcement and racial conflict”
- “The environmental costs and benefits of fracking: The state of research”
- “Same-sex marriage and big research questions behind the debate: Useful studies”
There will be a hands-on component, so we will begin class in 171 Holmes.