Thursday, April 27, 2006
At first I couldn’t imagine why conflict is usually listed as a tradtitional news value. I was imagining journalists blowing issues up to create conflict, or reporting only shocking stories... What was it they said in Bowling for Columbine about making the front page? Then I realized that the value of conflict is not so much about selling news or shock value as it is about representing both sides of an issue, representing the fact that conflict exists. We live in a world full of conflict. If our reporting didn’t reflect this, it probably wouldn’t be accurate. And if conflict means representing both sides of issues, then I imagine that, far from sacrificing accuracy, tenacity, and equity, conflict actually encourages ethical news values.