Declaring intent: Another new way We Create Here

March 29, 2014 | 12:01 am

You’d be shocked to know what most journalists do to try to keep themselves out of the news.

They don’t join causes they believe in or invest in companies they are likely to cover. They insist, even when it seems rude, on paying for their own lunch.

A political reporter I know says she doesn’t even vote because it might subtly influence her ability to cover candidates without bias.

Reporters are expected to keep an “impartial, arms’ length relationship with anyone seeking to influence the news” — that’s a quote from our company handbook. You’ll find similar prohibitions at any mainstream journalism shop.

So the fact that Kiran and Sarah, writing for We Create Here, actively declare their intent — come out and say what they think about what they’re covering — is another one of those very big deals that, like collaborating with sources, might seem like a no-brainer to you.

Journalistic objectivity is intended to give readers confidence in our accounts. At We Create Here, we think it’s OK to declare a few things — such as that we want Corridor communities to thrive — and to call attention to what seems to be working.

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