There has to be one if you are a journalist.
I suspect every editor can tell stories about conversations with newsmakers who attempt to use their access and perceived friendship to influence coverage, which, predictably, turns out to be negative. I certainly can. I have also worked with editors who loved the access to newsmakers and being on the inside.They have said that it gets us stories we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
But more often, I saw how that has influenced news coverage for the worse.
Let’s break it down a bit more. Politicians will placate a journalist (and now bloggers too) so it’s best to remember that the job comes first, the public interest is the most important thing and sometimes elected officials don’t like that you have to do your job.
- Stuff Journalists Like
- ‘If Your Mother Says She Loves You, Check It Out’
- ‘It’s Because I’m Listening’
- Basic Rules Of Citizen Journalism
- A Natural Progression