View Poll Results: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

Voters
79. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes

    7 8.86%
  • no

    69 87.34%
  • maybe/other

    3 3.80%
Page 10 of 13 FirstFirst ... 89101112 ... LastLast
Results 91 to 100 of 121

Thread: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

  1. #91
    Educator
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Last Seen
    09-15-10 @ 05:21 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1,008

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    I am just saying, that if a licencing body, keeps a record of the journalists reputation then this record could be a guide for possible readers of the journalist. One cant stop others reporting what they see(ie travel bloggers etc), even if they are not journalists, but a licence for official journalists would allow us to make a decision on whether to trust what we read or not . It is not a cut and dried thing. We also have to make up our own minds, about whether information from whichever source is reasonable or not. But, journalists working for major news bodies such as FOX, BBC... should have licences which are attached to some kind of record of their trust worthiness or untrustworthiness.

  2. #92
    Shankmasta Killa
    TacticalEvilDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Western NY and Geneva, CH
    Last Seen
    08-30-15 @ 04:51 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    10,444

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    It sounds like what you're after isn't actual regulation of reporters, so much as some kind of an objective record of their performance available for all to see.

    We don't need the government for this. Private industry could do it.

    For example, look at the bottom of virtually any electronic device sold in the US -- it will have a UL certification. UL, short for Underwriters Laboratories I believe, provides product testing services, and their safety certification is practically required for selling a viable product in the United States. If you sell a product without it, and it causes harm to a user, you're pretty much guaranteed the death of your product and your business in civil court.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

  3. #93
    Educator
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Last Seen
    09-15-10 @ 05:21 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1,008

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    PS.

    '' One cant stop others reporting what they see(ie travel bloggers etc), ''

    And we shouldnt try to stop them either, but if they dont have a journalists licence, we can view what they report as personal opinion mingled with fact, rather than just assume it to be fact as one would expect from a journalist with a top reputation for reporting balanced news items.

  4. #94
    Educator
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Last Seen
    09-15-10 @ 05:21 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1,008

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    ''If you sell a product without it, and it causes harm to a user, you're pretty much guaranteed the death of your product and your business in civil court. ''

    Yes, this is why journalists reporting the facts to us, should have a licence to back up what they say. Otherwise, we can assume that the information we are reading may not be fact.

  5. #95
    Shankmasta Killa
    TacticalEvilDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Western NY and Geneva, CH
    Last Seen
    08-30-15 @ 04:51 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    10,444

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mell View Post
    Yes, this is why journalists reporting the facts to us, should have a licence to back up what they say. Otherwise, we can assume that the information we are reading may not be fact.
    It's a reasonable idea. All you need to do is either find someone with enough money that they wouldn't mind spending it on a venture to track the reliability of accredited reporters -- that, or come up with business model wherein journalist organizations pay you to certify their reporters.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

  6. #96
    Norville Rogers
    Kernel Sanders's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Last Seen
    07-23-12 @ 10:20 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,730

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Everybody has the right to free speech, but I think that in the future a formalized "journalist" status could be useful. With blogs and social networks allowing anybody's words to be globally accessible the line between normal writings and published information is blurring, and will only get fuzzier. I could conceive of supporting a system that grants licensed journalists a greater degree of protection for their writings and sources in return for standards regarding truthfulness or fact checking or the like.

    The best thing, though, might be a private non-profit organization to endorse journalists. A sort of BBB for journalists whose endorsement is contingent on truthfulness and absence of bias in reporting.

  7. #97
    Professor
    Travelsonic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Last Seen
    12-09-17 @ 03:45 PM
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    1,375

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mell View Post
    ... but a licence for official journalists would allow us to make a decision on whether to trust what we read or not .
    Hmmm.... but what if the people in charge of issuing said licenses are crooked to begin with?
    Nationalism in high dosages may be hazardous to your health. Please consult a psychiatrist before beginning a regular regimen, and if feelings of elitism and douchbaggery continue, discontinue immediately before you become unable to do so on your own.

  8. #98
    Educator
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Last Seen
    09-15-10 @ 05:21 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1,008

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    ''I think that in the future a formalized "journalist" status ''

    I like the way the UN give a list of news articles they approve of as accurate. If other major organisations do the same, we could assess which news articles we are willing to trust, and which we will give the benefit of the doubt to or not. A licence reputation could be based on approvals from a number of organisations, as well as individuals. For example, if a journalist is only approved by the BNP for example we could view the news reports from this journalist with taking this into consideration.

  9. #99
    Educator
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Last Seen
    09-15-10 @ 05:21 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1,008

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    ''Hmmm.... but what if the people in charge of issuing said licenses are crooked to begin with? ''

    Likely, they would gain a reputation for it, if that is the case, and become invalid.

  10. #100
    Guru
    Crunch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last Seen
    12-21-10 @ 05:24 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    4,063

    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    No license needed...... the American public is perfectly capable of discerning a good journalist from a bad, why do you think the MSM is going broke? (with the exception of FOX, WSJ, etc.)
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

Page 10 of 13 FirstFirst ... 89101112 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •