Treating opposing points of view with respect
Fairness is a must for all good journalism. Whether you are presenting a balanced story or arguing from a point of view, your readers will feel cheated if you slant the facts or present opposing opinions disingenuously. This section offers guidance on how to play fair.
Fairness is also about letting people respond when they believe you are wrong, even if you do not agree. It also means listening to different viewpoints and incorporating them into the journalism. It does not mean parroting lies or distortions to achieve that lazy equivalence that leads some journalists to get opposing quotes when the facts overwhelmingly support one side.
Ultimately, fairness emerges from a state of mind. We should be aware of what drives us, and always be willing to listen to those who disagree. The first rule of having a conversation is to listen -- we can learn more from people who think we're wrong than from those who agree with what we've said.
Note: We don't necessarily agree with all views expressed in this section; fairness has many nuances. Please chime in with your own ideas in the comments here or on the individual pages.
Fairness in journalism
Screencast: A 6-minute video compilation discussing how to present a story or argument fairly. Interviews with Fabrice Florin, Newstrust.org; Cristina Azocar, Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism; Ethan Zuckerman, GlobalVoicesOnline.org; Robert Cox, Media Bloggers Association, and Mark Glaser, MediaShift blog.
Diversity and fairness in journalism
Podcast: An audio interview with Cristina Azocar of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism about how to broaden your sources to include diverse viewpoints.
Media bloggers and fairness
Video interview: An interview with Robert Cox, founder and president of the Media Bloggers Association, about fairness in blogging and journalism and related topics.
Online directory: Tips and resources for how to play fair online, from journalism organizations and independent sites.