I’d like to toss out objectivity as a goal, however, and replace it with four other notions that may add up to the same thing. They are pillars of good journalism: thoroughness, accuracy, fairness and transparency.
And as for why Dan Gillmor wanted to “toss out objectivity as a goal”:
“Maybe it’s time to say a fond farewell to an old canon of journalism: objectivity. But it will never be time to kiss off the values and principles that undergird the idea. […] The idea of objectivity is a worthy one. But we are human. We have biases and backgrounds and a variety of conflicts that we bring to our jobs every day.”
This is an old post by him, by the way, from 2005. I noticed it again when I went back to my old Blogdrive site and read its bottom footer. I first noticed Dan Gillmor around 2004-ish (heheh) when Lawrence Lessig pointed out Mr. Gillmor’s book, “We the Media”.
It didn’t quite catch traction as a manifesto, unlike cluetrain. But even Cluetrain is not much heard of again nowadays, seems people have moved on. But Cluetrain’s 99 theses is still very relevant.
As is thoroughness, accuracy, fairness and transparency.