“What is Nonpartisan Journalism?” Scriberr Staff Explains
There are many forms of journalism to be aware of disguised as standard news. Yellow journalism, advocacy journalism, and news analyses have crept into the living rooms of most Americans. Some are able to distinguish what’s news and what is a created narrative. For others, it’s easy to be manipulated by the agenda of what media conglomerates want their audiences to believe
Regardless of personal opinions and views, to achieve close to objective journalism, one has to have an out of body experience to look at all sides of a story in its entirety even if one side is morally grotesque. Fair coverage means fair coverage, even when there is a collective democratic disagreement with one side of a story or group of people.
Remaining nonpartisan means “not biased toward any political group,” and that is what Scriberr aims to do with our bias measurement technology that holds our authors accountable. Each reader can rate how biased they thought the article was, which will calculate into the author’s overall average bias score
One of the most basic lessons students learn in journalism 101 is to evaluate whether one can report on a topic without getting too emotionally invested. When journalists are exceptionally passionate about a particular issue, they tend to only report in its favor and ignore the alternative dialogue surrounding it. As journalists, it goes against SPJ’s Code of Ethics to report on stories where there is a conflict of interest. For example, if a journalist was part of a political activist group and wanted to report on one of the organization’s marches, they would have an obvious bias on the particular event that would prevent them from reporting fairly
According to SPJ’s Code of Ethics,
journalists must “label advocacy and commentary” pieces and “support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.” Scriberr has experienced a few minor mishaps with contributors we want to address because we are committed to remaining transparent with our audience. We label all pieces as “opinion” that utilizes the first-person voice and contains persuasive language. Even if the facts are credible, there is a standard of how news pieces are written that allows the reader to formulate their own opinions based on well-researched viewpoints included in the articles. The tone of an article can be the deciding factor to whether it is an opinion or news piece. For example, opinionated statements and rhetorical questions which push the reader to agree with the author would go against standard journalistic principles.
Like mentioned above, one of the ways we aim to keep our editorial team accountable is our bias measurement technology. Each of our contributors now has a unique and separate bias rating for both their opinion work and news reporting.