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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:39

Americans rank journalists for honesty, ethics Featured

Written by  Lisette Hilton
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When asked to rate professions for honesty and ethical standards, 26% of Americans surveyed indicated journalists ranked very high in honesty and ethics, according to a new Gallup poll. Forty-six percent ranked journalists as average and 27% of Americans said they thought journalists earned only a very low ranking. Three medical professions—first, nursing, followed by pharmacists and doctors—garnered top honors as the most honest and ethical of professions, according to Gallup. Members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople and telemarketers were labeled by those surveyed as the least honest and ethical. My beloved profession is somewhere in the middle of the list, slightly ahead of bankers and just below building contractors. That’s disturbing. We’re supposed to represent our readers—the people—when we report the news. But motives and more get in the way of good reporting.

Last modified on Saturday, 07 June 2014 10:43
Lisette Hilton

Lisette Hilton

This blog is a forum for discussion about several types of writing, including reporting, content writing, marketing copy or blogging. My aim is to offer readers ideas, insight and provoke thinking about issues and trends as they pertain to one of these writing categories. I’m Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive. I’ve been a writer and reporter for more than 20 years. I’ll share some of what I’ve learned from communication experts and as a reporter. I also hope to learn from you. So, be sure to chime in.