September 20, 2010

THE FIVE RULES OF JOURNALISM

When I started out as a cub-reporter spazz, the chief reporter of the first newspaper I worked at helped me a lot, and this is what I was taught.
(1) If you have a voice, lend it to
those who had their voices taken away.

(2) If you have power, empower
those who are powerless.

(3) If you must speak, speak the truth,
always, even if it hurts you.

(4) If you have courage,
encourage those who are afraid.

(5) If you are a reporter, report on
those that are otherwise overlooked.
He told me these things, and wherever I went since then, I never forgot.

And if you are in journalism, or want to be, neither should you.