Trust in Journalism

Journalism, if it is to deserve the name, is not about the quality of the camera, but about the journalist’s intuition, integrity, courage, inquisitiveness, analytic and expressive capabilities, and above all, the trust the journalist has earned among readers.

Good journalists discern compelling stories in events, cultivate and mobilize networks of sources, double check and triple check facts, develop reputations that can only be won by getting the story right week after week, year after year.

This is from Howard Rheingold‘s article on OJR last year. The article was about moblogging.