Tested like never before

“News leaders will need to be brave enough to resist the urge to overcorrect.”

vivian-schillerAs all readers of Nieman Lab already know, Truth is under assault. In the year ahead, news organizations are going to be tested like never before to reconcile long-held notions of impartiality with a barrage of lies, half-truths, and obfuscations coming from public figures and political operatives. Journalists who have built up a reputation for fairness over the course of lifetime will be accused of partisanship like never before.

News leaders will need to be brave enough to resist the urge to overcorrect, make concessions for access, seek equivalencies where they don’t exist or worse, or compromise in language, imagery, headlines, and voice.

Vivian Schiller is a former top executive at Twitter, NPR, NBC, CNN, and The New York Times.

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