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Many years ago I decided to try my hand as a communications journalism/advertising major. Although I never completed this degree I've been somewhat interested in journalism in one form or another over the years.

IMO journalists/bloggers/writers very very rarely (it does happen, just not all the time) do it to make sure the public is uniformly educated about any subject. They do it to gain/retain readership which of course generates page hits for them. Not all journalists feel the desire to make bank but nearly all of them write for a secondary reason that goes beyond wanting Jane and John Q. Public to be properly informed about any given situation. This is one reason why I left journalism and moved to a different major way back in the day. I couldn't stand what a couple of my professors were telling me. It was also one of the main reasons why my father left the journalism field. Depending on who you ask he either left on his own after getting fed up with the directives from the newspaper owner(s) OR was fired because he published articles that got mud on the owner(s) friends faces.

From several professors the basic "rules" for journalistic writing are:

  1. Never lie. This will get you in trouble. Make sure facts are checked.

  2. Don't ever give any facts that counter your position. This will weaken your position with your readers.

  3. Feel free to state your opinion as a fact. Yes, our professor actually spent 4 weeks out of 16 weeks showing how to do this.

  4. Strategically place adjectives/adverbs that support your position.

  5. As long as the above rules are followed feel free to take things out of context.

When my father started his journalism career in the early 1970's the primary aim was to make sure their audience was informed about all relevant issues that may impact them. Sometime later journalism was being used to change public perception for one special interest or another. Since then it's evolved into what we have today.

So my question is do mainstream journalism schools/professors still teach the above stuff? I'm sure somewhere out there this does happen but do you know how common it is?

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My question is more about your (and your editors/publishers) ethics in journalism than this case.

Pretend in the future you're covering a story. You've covered the story for a significant amount of time. After a dozen articles you learn of significant information regarding the story. Publishing the information would ruin your reputation and your readers would turn their back on you. However the information would exonerate (let's say the police don't have this information) an innocent person.

Do you:

  1. Turn the information over to the police and publish another article therefor ruining your career?

  2. Bury the information and hope it never comes out?

  3. Something else?

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How do teachers view orphans at universities?

Are children that were adopted by foreigners seen as equals or lesser people or something else? If my kids decided to go to schol in China would they face additional social problems that students that were born and raised in China wouldn't?

My kids were born in China but have been living in the USA with us most of their lives.

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New information is coming out about vaping. If information regarding psychedelics came out that was similar to vaping would you change your stance? Would you double down and claim it was fake news? something else?

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If Thomas Sowell asked you to debate him in an open forum would you take him up on that offer?

Why or why not?