Excellent Definition of News from Yahoo

Michael Oreskes, in his keynote address to the Online News Association's conference in Toronto, highlighted a definition of journalism (which for the purposes here overlap with defining news) that he lifted from the previous day's keynote by Hilary Schneider of Yahoo. I think they're excellent:

[img_assist|nid=11|title=Yahoo's Definition of News|desc=Obligation to truth Loyalty to citizens Discipline of verification Maintain an independence Serve as an independent monitor of power Forum for public criticism & compromise Make the significant interesting & relevant Keep the news comprehensive & proportional Exercise personal conscience|link=node|align=center|width=500|height=320]

I'll break this down and submit it as individual elements you can vote on shortly:

  • Obligation to truth
  • Loyalty to citizens
  • Discipline of verification
  • Maintain an independence
  • Serve as an independent monitor of power
  • Forum for public criticism & compromise
  • Make the significant interesting & relevant
  • Keep the news comprehensive & proportional
  • Exercise personal conscience

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