Saturday, October 9, 2010

Professional journalism

I love Wikipedia.  I link to it often for simple stories and scientific notes.  But Wikipedia has a huge problem.  It lacks professional journalistic ethics and backbone.

This article in the Village Voice is the best example I have found of Wikipedia's failure.  Warning: this article is primarily about a wealthy man committing incest with his daughter.  It's professionally written, but the subject matter is disturbing, even handled professionally.  But the end of the article outs Wikipedia for its lack of backbone.

I did search Wikipedia in order to confirm the accusations in the Village Voice article.

Professional journalism is dying.  That is a shame.  We should endeavor to find a way to maintain the investigative research and ethics of truth-telling that exists in some parts of the journalism animal.  We will all be worse off if that spirit dies.

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