Principles of journalism as a word cloud

As I was preparing a lecture for my undergraduate class in new media and journalism, it occurred to me to create a word cloud of the nine principles of journalism from the Project for Excellence in Journalism:

Principles of journalism

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  • January 22, 2009


    I wordle’d it too after seeing yours, and I am depressed at how small the word truth is in the cloud, but encouraged by how big the word citizens is in the cloud.

  • January 24, 2009

    Jeannine Hunter

    I hope as the next generation learns new techniques to newsgathering and dissemination that it doesn’t overlook the principles presented in this word cloud.

  • January 25, 2009


    Consider what steps could be taken to elevate the words we’d like to see dominating this cloud (such as “serve” and “relevant”) or featured to begin with (such as “responsibility”). In my research lately I’ve heard a repeated warning from many who are part of the discourse on the future of journalism: that things will have to get a lot worse before news media owners are willing to consider those steps. Looking at this cloud, I’m afraid they are right after all.

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  • December 12, 2009

    mandar joshi

    thanks for informetion

  • December 14, 2009

    Sangeet Sangroula

    I would like to say that the principle of journalism is A.B.C i.e Accuracy, Balance and Credibility repectively.

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