Accurate news, that’s our agenda
Journalists in today’s world are thought of as having a hidden agenda, of stretching the truth, and of attacking certain people. Journalism is claimed as “fake news.”
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines journalism as “the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media, the public press, an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium; and writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine, writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.”
Journalists are often thought of as threats, as enemies, typically by individuals who claim journalists are out to get them.
We get these claims because we ask the tough questions and we print the answers. We do not hide and we do not let others push us around.
Journalists have the opportunity to build relationships and work with a variety of sources for stories, but the relationships for those stories are not built on the premise of public relations.
Even though public relations and journalism fall under the same major of communications at CSC, they are not the same.
At Chadron State College, students have the opportunity in a variety of different departments on campus to get hands-on learning experiences. Job shadowing, internships, and projects for the community are just a few of the ways students learn at this school.
In the communications department, our hands-on experiences are through a weekly publication of a full, real newspaper. A newspaper that has won “Best in Overall Excellence,” at the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association’s Golden Leaf Awards for seven years in a row; a newspaper that has been claimed as clean, crisp, and a real product by editors at professional newspapers both in-state and out of state.
A newspaper does not win awards and accolades like that by letting others push the journalists around.
“The Voice of Chadron State College since 1920” is on the front page of every newspaper The Eagle publishes, and The Eagle’s motto is Semper Veritas, which means Truth Always.
Every student who walks through the doors of the newsroom, Old Admin Rm. 235 is taught journalistic standards from day one. We are taught to be accurate, to be fair, and balanced.
Accuracy means we say things the way they are; we do not try to skew things and we remain unbiased in everything we write. We use quotes the way they are said and we give context for the things people say.
Fair and balanced means we get all the sides of the story, or attempt to get all sides of the story. We talk to all the individuals involved in stories and we allow all sides of a story to say their piece in order to be balanced.
All these ideals are expected at professional newspapers at all levels, and because we are in training to be professional journalists, we are taught and expected to maintain those standards here and now.
Journalists are here to bring light to tough topics, journalists are not here to push agendas, and journalists do not look to throw people under the bus.
We let those individuals do it themselves, and we take pictures.
The Eagle stands with the real journalists in the world and commends those out there working to be accurate, fair, and balanced in all stories, even when people try to censor journalists or push their own agendas.