Self-examination as to whether we are living up to the basic principles of good journalism is in order since this month is the 75th anniversary of Miller family ownership of The Missourian. Whose principles should we judge ourselves as to whether we are living up to good journalism? We selected Walter Williams, who was the founder and first dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri (1908-1935).
Let’s start with public trust. “Trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than public service is betrayal of this trust,” Williams wrote. We’ve tried to keep public trust and service in mind in every issue and publication. B-plus is our grade.
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