The duty of the journalist is to seek the truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty of what the present. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. Journalists use a style of writing whose primary purpose is persuasion through the logical presentation of evidence and arguments. This style is known as expository writing. Some articles take days to make or write and some stories takes months or even years. Journalists sometimes put themselves in life threatening situations to gain the knowledge to write a story.
In most articles journalists can only present a certain version of the truth but cannot present true elements of the complete truth because this is usually contradiction. This is because of the journalist P.O.V
and emotional attitudes affect the way the story is presented and the version of truth that is shown. This is referred to as writer's world or the writer's context.
With the reference of the non-fiction novel Not For Publication, it presents many types of ethics of journalism by the author Chris Masters. Chris Masters has been a senior reporter on Four Corners for numerous amounts of years. He is an award winning TV journalist who is currently on Australia's longest running public affairs TV program. The purpose for Not For Publication is about Masters assignments in Australia and Overseas which he couldn't present on Four Corners as sometimes producers think the stories are not in public interest.
Journalists tend to think of themselves as the good guys doing the right things for a better world, even if they lie their way through undercover situations,