Category Archives: On Writing

Content pertaining to the craft of writing.

Journalistic Credibility

If you’ve been following my writing, you know that I have my attention of what allows ordinary people to judge what’s credible in the flood of information and the limitless sources we have access to these days. I speak on the topic and other posts in this blog share what I’ve learned so far.

The CEO of  Mother Jones published an essay that is remarkable in its candor about her own thought process. As an amateur, I has assumed that career writers had all this sort of philosophical stuff sorted out. Clearly this is not so.

“Our journalism comes from somewhere. It comes from a passion for justice, fairness, and a democracy where facts matter and all can participate. That’s not a partisan agenda, because these values are bigger than party. But it is a point of view.

Monica Gauerlein, CEO Mother Jones 

In her essay Stand for Something she makes a case for journalism NOT coming from nowhere, not being without a clear viewpoint. She distinguishes this from bias.