Bzdek: Real news requires truth and adhering to journalistic principles

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Real news.

That’s the antidote to fake news. It’s as simple as that. As the internet and social media send more and more data your way, some of it fake, some of it biased, some of it confusingly half true and half false, we all have more need for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying information and putting it in context. And your hometown newspaper is still the best place to find those reliable sources, to find real news.

The Gazette has been practicing real news for a while – 144 years to be exact. We’ve created some standards and practices of accuracy, fairness and independence in that time that other media simply can’t match. And Gazette news is created by real people who care deeply about Colorado Springs, who want to lead the discourse that is the linchpin to this city’s success.

What are the standards that set real news – journalism – apart from other media?

I’ve always liked the nine basic principles of journalism listed in the book “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect,” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel:

Journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth.

Journalism’s first loyalty is to its citizens.

The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.

Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.

Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power.

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