Zaman Tare: Journalists Urged To Embrace Non Biased News Reporting

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Dr. Joan Tirwyn Hassan

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

Journalists have been urged to embrace objectivity and non biased reporting to ensure peaceful coexistence in the society.

Dr. Joan Tirwyn Hassan gave  the charge while presenting a paper titled,  “An Overview of Non-Biased Reporting” at a two-day Training On “Promoting Non-biased Media Coverage/reportage In Nigeria” under the auspices of Zaman Tare which opened in Kaduna on Thursday July 16, 2020.

Quoting several renowned scholars, she said that requirement on non biased include non racist impartial and objective reports which should be devoid of opinions which should show neutrality.

She said that it has been asserted that an individual cannot be unbiased because humans are naturally subjective, but should reduce bias.

She advised that journalists should impose a self-image of objectivity, in spite of suggestive nature of humans.

She said that objectivity earns public trust when journalists detach selves from their reports.
She said reports free from prejudice and non partisan, which a fair minded reader will not discern the opinion of the reporters or their media outfits in the report.

She said that the concept of objectivity has been reexamined and redefined several times, but some of the widely accepted definitions is one that the journalist should detach himself from the report and only serve as an observer.

While noting that the standard of objectivity cannot be attained in contemporary news writing, the inverted pyramid as an example, negates the neutrality of news.
Ethnic groups, political affiliation, religion and other times may make journalists not to be objective.

The training, organised by the  Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (Caritas Nigeria) in conjunction with Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre and Catholic Agency for Oversea Development  (CAFOD) is featuring journalists from print, broadcast and online journalists’ from Plateau and Kaduna states.

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