Better understand the work of journalists

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Press and Media Week, which runs from May 3 to 7, 2021, is an opportunity to learn about the work of journalists and discover the role of the media in society.

Press and Media Week, which takes place this year from May 3-7, is an opportunity for people to learn about the work of journalists and learn about the role of the media in society.

In this age of disinformation, it is good to remember that journalists are committed to telling the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, and that they are always there in the public interest.

Journalistic sources

Who says journalists, says journalistic sources. The sources are directly related to the reliability of a news and to the quality of the journalistic work. Knowing how to assess their credibility comes down to determining at the same time the credibility of an article. The rumor detector from Agence Science-Presse or the Decryptors of Radio-Canada are experts in dealing with credible and non-credible sources that spread on social networks. They set the record straight and tell you the truth, among other things, on everything related to COVID-19. It is important, even essential, in the context of the current crisis, to choose credible sources of information when the time comes to inform yourself, such as Radio-CanadaPressThe newsScience-Press Agency or École branchée.

Here are some traps, according to Agence Science-Presse, to avoid in front of those who create questionable information:

• Articles and reports without sources;
• Unallocated citations;
• Anonymous sources without justification;
• Generalities (eg doctors say that…);
• False quotes;
• Excessive use of paraphrases (lack of
direct quotes).

You can download, by clicking here, an infographic from Agence Science-Presse that will help you easily distinguish a reliable journalistic source from one that is not.

Journalistic Ethics Guide

Journalists who want to be credible therefore ensure that they respect the guide to ethics (set of rules and duties governing a profession) of the Press Council of Quebec concerning the use of sources. Check out the excerpt below to learn more about the framework governing sources. :

You can also surrender just here to consult the entire code of ethics.

Your challenge

On the occasion of the Press and media week, the Professional Federation of Quebec Journalists (FPJQ) publishes a free magazine for young people. For your info answers the questions that children and teenagers ask themselves about journalism, and offers them to discover the world of information professions in a fun way through testimonials, illustrated articles, comics and games. So you can access this magazine just here to learn more!


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