Here are Jim Lehrer’s 10 rules for journalism
Iconic former “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer died at 85 earlier this week — and as part of a tribute to him, here’s his self written “rules of journalism.”
- Do nothing I cannot defend.
- Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
- Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
- Assume the viewer is as smart and caring and good a person as I am.
- Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
- Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
- Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories and clearly label everything
- Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions. No one should be allowed to attack another
- “I am not in the entertainment business.”