These examples show how journalists can make it clear that their goal is to be fair, and their agenda is to serve their community. Some examples include:
Breaking news • Fairness and objectivity • Fake news • Opinion vs. news • Sensationalism
See a few stand-out examples in this gallery, and scroll down for a longer list to get inspired
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“BIAS AND FAIRNESS” HIGHLIGHTS
After getting feedback from the public that the paper wasn’t reflecting the community accurately, the Milton Independent shifted it’s coverage to more fairly and accurately reflect the city.
After getting questions on Facebook about a crime story, the Coloradoan wrote a column explaining the newsroom’s approach and policies around covering crime.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times explained why it started using clearer labels to distinguish between opinion and news.
Community Impact drew attention to their balanced reporting and continued coverage over time by including an editor’s note at the top of a story directing readers to previous coverage on the topic.
The Record Searchlight wrote a column explaining the ethics that steer their newsroom, explaining how they strive to maintain objectivity.
The editor of USA TODAY, Nicole Carroll, wrote a column to talk about the organization’s goals of factual and fair reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic.