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Is journalistic objectivity possible in today’s society?

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10:45 AM | 19 July 2017
by Tijen Butler
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Journalism graduate, Tijen Butler, debates whether journalistic objectivity is possible in the western news environment, with the 24-hour news cycle.

Without a firm definition of journalistic objectivity, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for one to say that they have achieved it. The notion entails so many guidelines for a journalist to follow which leads many scholars to conclude that the ideology is flawed, being a theory that cannot be practically overcome. Sandrine Boudana argues that it is in need of (re)defining before one can confidentally say that it is possible.

Journalistic objectivity is a performance and whilst it can never be totally achieved, it is a goal worth trying to reach. Bolette Blaagaard substantiates Boudana's view as she says “a firm definition of journalistic objectivity proves a slippery enterprise.”

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