The question of all questions for humanity, the problem which lies behind all others and is more interesting than any of them is that of the determination of man’s place in Nature and his relation to the Cosmos. -T.H. Huxley

I believe in the profession of journalism.


I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.


I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.


I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.


I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.


I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.


I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.


I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

The Elements of Journalism


  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
  2. It’s first loyalty is to citizens.
  3. Its essence is a discipline of verification.
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and in proportion.
  9. Its practitioners have an obligation to exercise their personal conscious.
  10. Citizens, too, have rights and responsibilities when it comes to the news.


Work Cited: Kovach, Bill, and Tom Rosenstiel. The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. New York: Three Rivers, 2007. Print.


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Human beings need to organize the inchoate sensations amid which we pass our days — pain, desire, pleasure, fear — into a story. When that story leads somewhere and thereby helps us navigate through this life to its inevitable terminus in death, it gives us hope. And if such a sustaining narrative establishes itself over time in the minds of a substantial number of people, we call it culture.


-Andrew Delanco, The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

The Objective

The objective for this online research project is to examine the modern role of a journalist in an age of information overload.


Working thesis:


Digital technology presents an evolutionary stepping stone in human communication.


Historically, technological advancements in the communication process have empowered the common people — and in some cases, lead to the reordering of social structures.


Digital technology has brought us back to a more engaged, participatory culture, yet the idea of “citizen journalism” or “user generated content” doesn’t exist independent of journalism itself.


Those terms offer a derogatory guise for humanitarian journalism, which is journalism by the people for the people — a self-governing system.


For the first time in human history, we have the capacity to arm our fellow beings with digital tools to capture, document and share truth.


Therefore, the modern role of a journalist has expanded beyond traditional standards — now, we all have an obligation to disseminate truthful information in the interest of every human being.

  1. What has been the historical role of a journalist?
  2. What distinguishes journalism from other media (i.e. content marketing, film, photography, social media)?
  3. To whom should journalists be most loyal to in the information age (i.e. the citizens of one’s own country, “citizens” in general, humanity at large)?
  4. How do journalists construct their audiences or know who they’re in service of?
  5. How has the concept of objectivity changed in the information age?
  6. How has technology transformed the journalism landscape? Future predictions?
  7. What defines a journalist?
About Nate

People call me Nate. I was raised in Arnold, Mo., a city about 20 miles south of St. Louis. Today, I’m back in the Lou reporting and working on digital development for KTRS Radio.


People are my passion and learning is my favorite pastime. The combo of the two lead me to my field of study — convergence journalism with an emphasis in humanitarian journalism.


My experience as a journalism student has significantly altered my worldview and ignited a sense of curiosity pertaining to the spread of information and how society is influenced by it.


Our world is far from perfect, but I’m determined to do whatever I can to be part of the solution, not the problem.


Together, I’m confident we can learn towards a better world.


To learn more about me, you’re welcome to visit my personal website:


“Hope dies last.”

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Human Voices

"Human Voices" showcase journalists dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless. These journalists share their view of the journalism industry along with important lessons learned through experience.

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The Blog

3 Sep 2015

Periscope: What I learned from my first broadcast

Periscope: An app inspired by the idea of "discovering the world through someone else's eyes."

13 May 2014

THIS I BELIEVE: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem

  I believe beliefs are ever evolving. We live in a world that’s continuously revolving.   An ongoing, complex process, Making it somewhat difficult to conceptually process.

28 Apr 2014

RESOURCE: Tools for media creation

UPDATED: August 31, 2015   Now that we're in the digital age, everyone has the potential to create media. This list features a number of web tools and resources to help you get started. I welcome any feedback and suggestions for additional resources. Together, we can compile a more comprehensive, up-to-date list.

23 Apr 2014

QUALITY QUOTES: BS meters & credibility scales

  What are the top two factors influencing your "credibility scale?"   Work Cited: Gillmor, Dan. Mediactive. 2010. Print.

18 Apr 2014

13 quotes every human should read from Shirky’s ‘Cognitive Surplus’

Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus. 2010. Print.   Clay Shirky studies the effects of the internet on society.   His book "Cognitive Surplus" examines how new technology is transforming the way we communicate. Subtitled, "How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators," Shirky demonstrates the importance of understanding the way human desires shape demand.   Shirky applies this logic to media by evaluating new media tools. He warns readers about the danger of focusing too much on the

7 Mar 2014

QUALITY QUOTES: Welcome back “participatory culture”

Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus. 2010.

2 Mar 2014

Pierre Omidyar: A catalyst evolving the media industry

  Change is happening.   Pierre Omidyar, the founder and chairman of eBay, has been creating a lot of Buzz in recent months after announcing his latest media venture: First Look Media. Omidyar pledged to fund the startup and serves as a publisher and the CEO of the company.   First Look Media offers an innovative approach to journalism, which Omidyar narrates in the following video: .   Omidyar has been active and vocal about

27 Feb 2014

QUALITY QUOTES: Journalism beyond the newsroom

  Journalism is no longer confined to traditional newsrooms. Individuals are producing journalism in a variety of fields. Nonprofits have stepped up to fill in the gaps of underreported issues.   Which non-traditional news sources do you find to be the most valuable?   Work Cited: Gillmor, Dan. Mediactive. 2010. Print.

25 Feb 2014

5 Principles of Media Consumption

  Journalists produce media to be consumed. Without an audience, the role of a journalist would be obsolete.   The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel outlines ten elements needed to produce a given piece of journalism. The last element states, “Citizens, too, have rights and responsibilities when it comes to news.” And those responsibilities have never been greater than they are today in the digital era.   Dan Gillmor, professor at

19 Feb 2014

QUALITY QUOTES: World views & journalism

  What do you think? Share your thoughts by commenting.   Work Cited: Gillmor, Dan. Mediactive. 2010. Print.


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