It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out - Robert Fisk
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We journalists have done a lousy job of explaining how we do our jobs, how we practice our craft, to the people we serve. I'm of the opinion, in fact, that our low ranking in public opinion polls -- somewhere down close to politicians -- is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it.
So allow me to try.
It took me 10 years, three continents, two newspapers and two television newsrooms before I figured out that journalism is far more than just a job. When I finally understood, I was already a hot-shot television reporter and documentary producer at ABC News, New York.
I'm of the opinion, in fact, that our low ranking in public opinion polls -- somewhere down close to politicians -- is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it. So allow me to try.
The Association of Health Care Journalists, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. AHCJ is classified as a 501(c)(6), a nonprofit professional trade association.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press.
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