“What we do as journalists is to find the best obtainable version of the truth. Underlying everything we do in pursuit of the best obtainable version of the truth is the question. What is news? What is it that we believe is important, relevant, hidden, or even in plain sight and ignored by conventional journalistic wisdom or governmental wisdom?”

“The best obtainable version of the truth is about context and nuance. Sustained inquiry is essential. What is missing? What is the further explanation? What are the details? What do we think this means? Incremental reporting is essential. What we know now is not the end of the story. The best obtainable version of the truth becomes repeatedly clearer, more developed, and more understandable.”

“Our job as a community is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there, especially now.”

“Reporting is about human connections and establishing relationships of trust.”

Carl Bernstein
White House Correspondents Dinner – YouTube

The News and Democratic Politics

For all the talk of education, modern societies neglect to examine by far the most influential means by which our populations are educated. The news is the single most significant force setting the tone of public life and shaping our impressions of the community beyond our walls. It is the prime creator of political and social reality. Modern societies are still at the dawn of understanding what kind of news we need in order to flourish.
Alain de Botton
from News and Democratic Politics
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