Dangers of Specialist Reporting (Week 3, 13-02-17)

When focusing on a specific area of reporting there are dangers that may conflict the journalists professionalism. These dangers can also affect accuracy and fair reporting.

Some of the main dangers are:

  • losing objectivity and judgement
  • involving own ideologies – creating bias
  • getting too involved with the subject
  • forgetting news angle, or not being original
  • getting too close to the contacts
  • becoming compromised by confidential conversations

These issues I will keep in mind in my own work, I will try and limit the chance of falling into these dangers. Some of these issues are easily avoided and rules are set out how to be a good journalist by the NUJ.


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