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Media owner should follow ethics guidelines

Posted on July 26, 2021

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Based on recent activities in Spring Hope, I wanted to step back and review how the news was being produced and presented. Especially when dealing with local politics. I found an article from the Society of Professional Journalists. After reading the “do’s and don’ts,” it made me realize that one local media outlet violates the ideals laid out.

When the owner of a media outlet posts on social media and obviously shows a bias toward a candidate(s) and or subject matter, it comes across as very unprofessional. Add on top of that a personal relationship that this “journalist” has with a sitting elected official.

This should be an opportunity to step back, remove yourself from the process and appear as neutral as possible. Present the news. Nothing more. Constantly placing your thoughts and opinions on the news is highly unprofessional and throws credibility out the window. If one is unable or unwilling to do that, well, that person is in the wrong profession.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics guidelines are available at www.spj.org/ethics-papers-politics.asp. After reading, you decide if all the media outlets in the area are following these rules. The answer will be abundantly clear.

Jason Himmelright

Spring Hope

The writer is a candidate for the Spring Hope Board of Commissioners. 

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