The Book That Every Citizen and Journalist Should Readâ€śWhat this book does better than any single book on media history, ethics, or practice is weave . . . [together] why media audiences have fled and why new technology and megacorporate ownership are putting good journalism at risk.â€ť â€”Rasmi Simhan, Boston Globeâ€śKovach and Rosenstielâ€™s essays on each [element] are concise gems, filled with insights worthy of becoming axiomatic. . . . The book should become essential reading for journalism professionals and students and for the citizens they aim to serve.â€ť â€”Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Reviewâ€śIf you think journalists have no idea what you want . . . here is a book that agrees with you. Betterâ€”it has solutions. The Elements of Journalism is written for journalists, but any citizen who wonders why the news seems trivial or uninspiring should read it.â€ť â€”Marta Salij, Detroit Free PressThe elements of journalism are:* Journalismâ€™s first obligation is to the truth.* Its first loyalty is to citizens.* Its essence is a discipline of verification.* Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.* It must serve as an independent monitor of power.* It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.* It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.* It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.* Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.