Response Questions 6

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In chapter 6 of the K&R text, the authors argued that, “journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover” (p. 118). What do they mean by independence? Identify the different forms of independence outlined by the authors and give a brief description for each.

“Journalists must maintain an independence from those that they cover” (118). Since journalists must appeal to the general public they must be free of thoughts and beliefs that pertain to specific groups or organizations. In doing so, journalists can deliver information to the general public. In The Elements of Journalism, the authors refer to an independence from class or economic status. This means that journalists must deliver the information in a way that avoids creating a division among socioeconomic classes. The authors also refer to an independence from race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. This means that journalists must report in a way that denies the influence of personal experience in regard to race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

Is there media bias in the US? Is media bias a bad thing? Or, under what circumstances could it be a positive?

There is a media bias in the US. The US has many different factions that journalists try to accommodate. In doing so, journalists exclude certain groups of people. This media bias creates the idea that journalists are no longer working for the general public, but are working for a specific group of people within the general public.

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