Objectivity in Journalism

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Merriam Webster defines objectivity as expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations. Objective journalism, as defined by the book is fact driven journalism. In general I believe, it is impossible for a journalist to be completely objective because journalists are human and humans are subjective by nature. It is possible, however, for journalists to strive to be objective. The first article which I critique and analyze is an international article which directly affects me along with a specific category of people. The second is a local article about issues of parking which affect the larger population of Seattle. Both of the articles are from the Seattle Times.

The first article that I have chosen is an international article about the U.S. bombing that took place in Najaf, Iraq. The technique the journalist uses to convey the message about the bombing for this particular article is objective journalism using the inverted-pyramid style.

I believe the major function that is displayed by reading the article is the use of surveillance, and how the journalists create a "watchdog" on the U.S. government. The article does an excellent job of answering who, what, where, when which are generally at the begging of the article. This approach signifies that it is informing the reader and allows the reader to maintain a proper surveillance of what sort of action the U.S. government is taking overseas. Initially the article begins with "Radical Iraq cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was wounded in a U.S. bombardment of the holy city Najaf." This statements explicitly answers the questions of who, what, when, and where. It goes on further answering how it happened, "U.S. lead troops clashed with fighters loyal to al-Sadr near the Imam Ali mosque", "Smoke billowed across the city...