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Watchdog journalism The competitive media market place provides reasonably balanced and accurate information to the public about important public policy issues. Which serves as a check against powerful interests. It is the ideological opposite of lapdog journalism.
Debunkers are skeptics who attempt to disprove and pursues what they consider to be false, unscientific, bizarre or abnormal claims. ... Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), founded in 1986, is a leftist group that works against and documents bias in the media and erroneous reporting. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, analyzing and presenting information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ...
This Is Watchdog Journalism by Murrey Marder, excerpted from the 1998 Nieman Watchdog Journalism Conference
Watchdogjournalism is at the heart of what we do, an important function of our paper through the full range of what we do, not just isolated or farmed off in a section in the newsroom, it's an enterprise wide activity.
Watchdogjournalism is an attitude in which you hold powerful institutions and bad guys accountable to the rest of us.
Watchdogjournalism is a state of mind for the whole newspaper: journalism that gives power to people.
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