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Friday, December 14, 2007

Principals?

David Hazinski, the sort of academic who gives intellectual snobs a bad name, wrote (with emphasis added on this blog):

But unlike those other professions, journalism — at least in the United States — has never adopted uniform self-regulating standards. There are commonly accepted ethical principals — two source confirmation of controversial information or the balanced reporting of both sides of a story, for example, but adhering to the principals is voluntary. There is no licensing, testing, mandatory education or boards of review. Most other professions do a poor job of self-regulation, but at least they have mechanisms to regulate themselves. Journalists do not.
That should be “principles,” not “principals.”

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Discussions of standards are more impressive when you can spell.
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Addendum: Attentive readers might have noticed a spelling error or two on this blog. That clearly means I should not set myself up as a standard. On the other hand, I don't recall doing so.

Addendum II: The spelling error has been corrected on the original site.

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