More Light, Less Heat Is Needed to Improve Relations with Media

By Clark, Mike | The Florida Times Union, October 12, 1997 | Go to article overview

More Light, Less Heat Is Needed to Improve Relations with Media


Clark, Mike, The Florida Times Union


The Jacksonville Community Council is trying to stimulate a

dialogue between community leaders and the news media.

After participating in JCCI's four-hour session last Tuesday, I

think such a dialogue is sorely needed.

Coincidentally, a group of respected news media members have

called for a national "period of reflection."

The Committee of Concerned Journalists has scheduled public

meetings across the nation to discuss the values of journalism.

As the group said in a statement: "Many journalists feel a

sense of lost purpose. There is even doubt about the meaning of

news, evident when serious journalistic organizations drift

toward opinion, infotainment and sensation out of balance with

news.

"Journalists share responsibility for the uncertainty. Our

values and professional standards are often vaguely expressed

and inconsistently honored."

I agree. And local sessions, if organized by JCCI, could

provide an important service if the aim is reflection, not

confrontation; illumination, not finger-pointing.

As one of the 32 news ombudsmen in the United States, I would

like to offer some comments that might help inform the local

discussion.

Let's start with a few basics:

News stories sometimes are inaccurate, unfair, incomplete or

unclear. We in the news media have an obligation to correct our

mistakes and right our wrongs. And the public needs to recognize

that they sometimes make judgments based on perceptions or

incomplete evidence.

Community leaders have little training in dealing with the news

media. The news media should make itself available to foster

more understanding about how the news-gathering process works (I

am available for such sessions). By the same token, news

staffers should make aggressive efforts to become acquainted

with the community in all its diversity.

When Jacksonville adults were surveyed by the JCCI, they gave

two conflicting responses: 1) they want the news media to be

impartial observers and 2) involved in solving community

problems. …

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