Blogging is unique in the world of Journalism. Blogging is working on the edge of the cliff. The Fireside Post began as a blog and evolved into an internet magazine. We have kept some qualities of the ‘blogs’ that we deemed worthy. Most notably in the area of accountability.
We are accountable to our readers. The internet uniquely offers interactive news and opinion. The reader can offer their point of view, challenge the content, correct errors, and add their unique perspective. This is all accomplished in the ‘comments’ section of our magazine.
The Fireside Post believes in an open forum – with some restrictions. For instance – we do not allow pornography, and are cautious about derogatory name calling. We occasionally respond to comments. We prefer that the readers engage each other – debating the position of the related post. We hope to write posts which speak for themselves – and should not require further explanation.
Readers – please hold us accountable – thanks.
From the Society for Professional Journalism:
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
— Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
— Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
— Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.