One argument stated by those who doubt the trustworthiness of journalists is the prejudice in media. Due to different backgrounds, experiences and upbringing environment, it is inevitable for a journalist to judge what happened in his or her own perspective. On the other hand, thanks to various media forms, people are informed a wealth of valuable information, raging from politics to entertainment. What I mean ‘valuable’ is that the information we received is already be classified and censored to promote the reliability of reports. News is published with the effort of a whole editing team to minimize the mistakes. In this case, although news may not be * correct, we still can take it as an essential information source.
To become a qualified journalist, attempting to be objective or impartial is an essential quality, for the main responsibility is to present facts instead of convincing personal judgement to the audiences or misleading the public. They should conceal their own feelings while reporting news. Another quality should newsmen be equipped with is to respect the privacy. The paparazzi are always blamed for tracking high-profile people to take photographs for selling, even stalking, causing conflicts and disrupting celebrities’ daily life. Hence, when news is related to certain individuals, their privacy should be protected out of respect.
To conclude, the influence of media is immense, but we can read or perceive news with critical and evaluative attitude, and choose comparatively reliable newspapers such as The New York Times or the Times, which have long histories, as reliable news sources. If all journalists possessed the basic qualities mentioned above, information from the media would be fully trusted.