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The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and The Public Should Expect

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  789 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The Book That Every Citizen and Journalist Should Read

“What this book does better than any single book on media history, ethics, or practice is
weave . . . [together] why media audiences have fled and why new technology and megacorporate ownership are putting good journalism at risk.” —Rasmi Simhan, Boston Globe

“Kovach and Rosenstiel’s essays on each [element] are concise
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2001)
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Mike Cognato
Feb 05, 2008 Mike Cognato rated it did not like it
Banal crap.

The book came recommended by William Safire, so I had high hopes. But, like most established journalists writing about journalism, the authors just wring their hands and lament that the golden age of journalism has been lost. No real analysis, and definitely no worthwhile suggestions. The authors are terrified of anything new and difficult to control from a newsroom desk, and seem utterly unaware that publications outside the United States actually exist; that news aggregators drive r
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Tomi
Jan 26, 2008 Tomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalism
A 'must-read' book about contemporary journalism, which has been heavily affected by the powerful companies as well as strong political groups. The book outlines basic principles for journalists to maintain the quality of their works to serve the public --and eventually make the media business running well.
Pandasurya
Kebenaran Itu Ibarat Cicak

Tulisan ini berawal dari sebuah film dan akan berakhir pada sebuah film.

“The truth is out there”, kata film seri terkenal The X-Files. Kebenaran itu ada di luar sana. Kalimat itu seperti menyiratkan bahwa kebenaran yang ada di luar sana bisa dicari, bisa ditemukan, meski tidak selalu mudah. Tapi siapa yang merasa perlu mencari kebenaran itu? Buku ini memberi jawab: wartawanlah yang mencari dan menyampaikan karena ada warga yang membutuhkan. Tapi tentu wartawan bukanlah
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Jerry
Jan 17, 2015 Jerry rated it it was ok
The Elements of Journalism has generally good advice, but it lacks conviction and uses strangely inappropriate examples. It asks journalists to aspire to the scientific method, but without the socially hard work that the scientific method entails, such as telling your readers how to falsify your work. And the examples it uses are self-defeating, if it is to be taken at face value. For example, in the section on verification it praises David Protess and the Anthony Porter/Alstory Simon case—a cas ...more
Munib
These are tough times for journalism. Newsroom executives' bonuses tend to be based on their company's profit margin. Journalists are constantly jockeying for the time and space necessary to tell their stories as they see fit. Only 47 percent of Americans even read a newspaper. And Time and Newsweek--news magazines, remember?--"were seven times more likely to have the same cover story as People magazine in 1997 than in 1977."

It's no wonder that in 1997, the Committee of Concerned Journalists for
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Rebecca Sorriaux
Feb 08, 2015 Rebecca Sorriaux rated it really liked it
Titre : Principes du journalisme : ce que les journalistes doivent savoir, ce que le public doit exiger
Auteurs : Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel
Editeur : Folio
Collection : Folio actuel
Date de parution : 22/01/2015
Résumé : Quels sont les principes clairs au fondement du journalisme et dont les citoyens sont en droit d'attendre le respect, pour vivre en êtres libres et autonomes ? 1. S'astreindre au respect de la vérité. 2. Servir en priorité les intérêts du citoyen. 3. Par essence, vérifier ses infor
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Amanda Vollmershausen
Feb 03, 2014 Amanda Vollmershausen rated it really liked it
This book was mandatory reading for my first year journalism course, but it would have been worth reading outside of class. It made me think about basic concepts in new ways and clarified a lot of things that were muddled to me before. I'd recommend it to anyone getting started/looking into journalism as well as any news consumer, to understand the reliability and limitations of the press.
Lisa Rau
Dec 28, 2010 Lisa Rau rated it really liked it
Really more for those entrenched in journalism and public service rather than the everyday consumer, but a compelling and thorough review of the basic building blocks of "good journalism." However, the authors fail to devote enough pages to conflicts of interest--namely, corporate ones--as this is a huge, inescapable issue for any publication, especially ones that claim to purport the truth.
Toby
Dec 24, 2015 Toby rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is simply great book to read to make sense of what passes as journalism in the current cycle.
The elements of journalism are:

Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

Its first loyalty is to citizens

Its essence is a discipline of verification

Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

It must serve as an independent monitor of power

It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

It must strive to keep the significant interesting and relevant

It must keep
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Udin
Apr 21, 2014 Udin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
jurnalisme itu praksis daripada teoritis. tetapi sebagai praksis, bukan lalu ia lepas dari prinsip-prinsip ideal yang mengerangkainya. buku ini memaparkan pengalaman, kegelisahan, dan permenungan tentang praktik jurnalisme.
Matthew
Mar 11, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Read this book and start demanding better journalism.
John Kissell
Oct 31, 2012 John Kissell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written, well thought out plan for journalists. It was very useful in my beginning journalism class (university level).
Lote L.
Apr 11, 2015 Lote L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: journalism students and consumers
Recommended to Lote by: CJ 427
The 3rd edition is everything I've been looking for when in need of good descriptions of what is modern journalism, how it works and why it matters.

If you can't read this book as a young journalist, at least read this list and think about it, print it out and preach it (!):

1. Journalism’ first obligation is to the truth.
2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as an
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Jason
Apr 02, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism
What we think we know influences what we do, so if journalism fails to inform, can Democracy outlast it? This is a question raised time and time again in Elements.

The authors tackle a rather open-ended question: what is journalism for? Here we get a brief history of journalism and the forces that gave rise to it, and a survey of the challenges facing journalism in the modern age. The authors' conclusion is that journalism is essential to Democracy, and yet journalism may yet get swallowed up by
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Belarius
Jan 26, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Read Or Listen Or See
In cooperation with the Committee of Concerned Journalists, Kovach and Rosenstiel assemble the consensus in the field of journalism about what it is that journalists do. They then examine how each of those principles are affected (possibly even under threat) by the "new media" we face today.

What Kovach and Rosenstiel set out to do here is very ambitious: to outline a set of principles that define the very best journalism, to frame those principles in centuries of journalistic tradition and decad
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Steven
At times a bracing call to arms, at others a sobering look at the failures and triumphs of journalists, "The Elements of Journalism" by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel carries principles and implications that affect anyone involved with and affected by the news media. While it can get a little too abstract at times, the authors articulate with clear conviction why we need a press that maintains its principles and a public to ensure that it follows them. Without responsible and ethical journalists ...more
Dorian Santiago
Jul 14, 2013 Dorian Santiago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many strong arguments which hold very true for contemporary journalism and the press in the United States, and their presentations were corroborated well by the great segmentation throughout all the chapters. The deconstruction of objectivity as the paramount of journalism at its most successful level was a well-executed recurring part of this book, too. I would say that this is a staple read for anyone interested in both the ever-changing and constant dynamics of journalism that h ...more
Diz
Apr 19, 2015 Diz rated it really liked it
Shelves: journalism
This is an interesting introduction to the issues that face journalism today. With the rise of the Internet, the increasing sense of factionalism, and the trend toward infotainment over hard news, it has become more of a challenge to report the news than ever. The authors of this book guide you through the fundamentals of journalism and discuss how these can be maintained despite current trends.
Elizabeth
Dec 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished The Elements of Journalism and I have to say it is a very insightful, compelling and intelligent book. I picked this book up in hopes that it would help me with my senior thesis on democracy and the media and I was right. The book offered various viewpoints and ideas to help turn the press from what it is into what it should be, namely returning it to be the Fourth Estate. The authors argue that by employing the suggestions they give journalism can return to working for the publi ...more
Ryan
Sep 01, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing
This book gets very mixed reviews. I rate it 5 stars because of the simple definition it gives of journalism: "journalism is a discipline of verification." This concept, concise and straightforward, has deeply impacted how I think about news, journalism, reporting, tabloid, and trade press writing.
Bethany
Jan 26, 2016 Bethany rated it liked it
I've not read this book in its entirety but I've read 4 chapters (a lot of it) for my Social Aspects of Journalism class this semester. It's interesting but it repeats itself a lot. I also found that he drones on a lot about things that could be simply stated.
Daniel
Jun 24, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it
Through the use of hundreds of interviews with people in journalism and data from polls and other primary/secondary source goodness, Kovach examines the core principles that (should) guide journalists in their news reporting duties. He explains the role of the media in society and how it has become what it is today, and he goes into what we as consumers expect from a news organization. "New Media" is increasingly filling that void, which Kovach also examines, though he is more wary about it than ...more
Christine Granados
Sep 06, 2014 Christine Granados rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for every college student or citizen of the US. They need to be reminded of what "good" journalism is and stands for.
Shannon
Sep 28, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty good. I enjoyed the examples it presented for each principle/element it outlined and an analysis of what we can do to achieve these principles. Yet I didn't like how the book seemed to act as if it was the ultimate authority on how to solve all of the newsrooms' problems. It would say, "We must..." or "If we follow the principles outlined in the book..." and did not present anyone else's opinions on how to change, fix, or better modern journalism. I feel confident that these people ...more
Julia
Mar 17, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing
Clear and full of interesting quotes from many journalists. Well done.
Luis Hernandez
Call it polishing up on my skills and the way I approach my job.
Jeremy Blum
Aug 11, 2015 Jeremy Blum rated it really liked it
Another stuffy old school journo book! (Also see: The Universal Journalist by David Randall) But probably more relevant in this day and age than ever before, especially since you have such rampant plagiarism in online media now along with the rise of clickbait tabloid-style Facebook mini-feed journalism. If you write at a paper for a living, it's worth reading this just to ensure that you don't get sued one day.
Arturo Macias
Jan 05, 2015 Arturo Macias rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Journalism's first obligation is to the truth.

If prospective journalists are going to be patronized with hackneyed advice on the rights and wrongs of journalism, then maybe we should fear for the future of this profession.

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