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From the Ted Talk by Ann Curry: How to restore trust in Journalism

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and should hire solid reporters and then levae them alone and make those reporters great froces for good. (Applause) And news consumers, if you want the facts, subscribe. (Applause) Read nwsapprees and perhaps ask, Why would journalism that's any good be free? (Applause) Why do any one of us routinely put up with baseless opinion, speculation and propaganda? And why do we waste so much time on the Kardashians? (Laughter) (Cheers) (Applause) Too much sugar just makes you fat. (lteuaghr) Journalists, keep going and stay humble. We may know a little about a lot, but few of us know enough about anything to have an opinion that matters. So we dig for the fatcs that do matter, from all sides, and then fight like hell to tell them. And potential future jnurtolisas, your cronuty needs you. Journalism is war, a fhgit every day for truth. And it takes more than being curious and knowing how to write or blog or shoot a viedo or ask questions. It takes courage, and most of all, it takes iitegnrty. Because journalism is only as good as the poeple who practice it and their willingness to stand up and fight for the stories that mean something. You will make mistakes; we all do. But with practice and instincts you may not know you have, you will learn to make less of them. You will face a lack of rcersueos, you will be denied access, people will rfesue to give you interviews, editors and executive producers will give you impossible ddealines and not enough time or space to tell your stories. This is emotionally hard and sometimes around-the-clock work. It might cause people to hate you. It might put you in danger or expose you to trauma that might give you PTSD. This I know from ecerinxpee. But after nearly 40 years at this, I still stand here before you and can honestly say with all my heart: journalism is a noble calling, a way to serve people and respond like an EMT or an emergency room doctor in a crisis with itionarfmon they may need. If you work for the people and not for those who pay your checks, you will make the right ceohcis about who to interview, what to ask and how to tell your stroies, and this will bring your news organizations value that will make even your bosses happy. Be incorruptible. Do it with a pure motive, eanelrtsy, without bias and expectations. Do it even though you may never know the impact of your stories. Do it even if you know you will be circieitzd. But get it right, which you will find is far more important than getting it first. Attribute, (Applause) attribute whenever possible. Check, check, and then double check the facts. relsluthsy edit out any word or phrase or tone in your work that could get in the way of people miknag up their own minds. This is how we build trust, by wiknorg to be whtory of it. It is time to lift truth off its knees, prize it, cherish it, defend it and watch it rise along with all of us. Thank you. (Applause) (cerehs)

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and should hire solid reporters and then _____ them alone and make those reporters great ______ for good. (Applause) And news consumers, if you want the facts, subscribe. (Applause) Read __________ and perhaps ask, Why would journalism that's any good be free? (Applause) Why do any one of us routinely put up with baseless opinion, speculation and propaganda? And why do we waste so much time on the Kardashians? (Laughter) (Cheers) (Applause) Too much sugar just makes you fat. (________) Journalists, keep going and stay humble. We may know a little about a lot, but few of us know enough about anything to have an opinion that matters. So we dig for the _____ that do matter, from all sides, and then fight like hell to tell them. And potential future ___________, your _______ needs you. Journalism is war, a _____ every day for truth. And it takes more than being curious and knowing how to write or blog or shoot a _____ or ask questions. It takes courage, and most of all, it takes _________. Because journalism is only as good as the ______ who practice it and their willingness to stand up and fight for the stories that mean something. You will make mistakes; we all do. But with practice and instincts you may not know you have, you will learn to make less of them. You will face a lack of _________, you will be denied access, people will ______ to give you interviews, editors and executive producers will give you impossible _________ and not enough time or space to tell your stories. This is emotionally hard and sometimes around-the-clock work. It might cause people to hate you. It might put you in danger or expose you to trauma that might give you PTSD. This I know from __________. But after nearly 40 years at this, I still stand here before you and can honestly say with all my heart: journalism is a noble calling, a way to serve people and respond like an EMT or an emergency room doctor in a crisis with ___________ they may need. If you work for the people and not for those who pay your checks, you will make the right _______ about who to interview, what to ask and how to tell your _______, and this will bring your news organizations value that will make even your bosses happy. Be incorruptible. Do it with a pure motive, _________, without bias and expectations. Do it even though you may never know the impact of your stories. Do it even if you know you will be __________. But get it right, which you will find is far more important than getting it first. Attribute, (Applause) attribute whenever possible. Check, check, and then double check the facts. __________ edit out any word or phrase or tone in your work that could get in the way of people ______ up their own minds. This is how we build trust, by _______ to be ______ of it. It is time to lift truth off its knees, prize it, cherish it, defend it and watch it rise along with all of us. Thank you. (Applause) (______)

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  2. making
  3. video
  4. country
  5. deadlines
  6. worthy
  7. stories
  8. experience
  9. criticized
  10. refuse
  11. leave
  12. journalists
  13. fight
  14. forces
  15. facts
  16. laughter
  17. people
  18. newspapers
  19. choices
  20. cheers
  21. ruthlessly
  22. resources
  23. integrity
  24. earnestly
  25. working

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and should hire solid reporters and then leave them alone and make those reporters great forces for good. (Applause) And news consumers, if you want the facts, subscribe. (Applause) Read newspapers and perhaps ask, Why would journalism that's any good be free? (Applause) Why do any one of us routinely put up with baseless opinion, speculation and propaganda? And why do we waste so much time on the Kardashians? (Laughter) (Cheers) (Applause) Too much sugar just makes you fat. (Laughter) Journalists, keep going and stay humble. We may know a little about a lot, but few of us know enough about anything to have an opinion that matters. So we dig for the facts that do matter, from all sides, and then fight like hell to tell them. And potential future journalists, your country needs you. Journalism is war, a fight every day for truth. And it takes more than being curious and knowing how to write or blog or shoot a video or ask questions. It takes courage, and most of all, it takes integrity. Because journalism is only as good as the people who practice it and their willingness to stand up and fight for the stories that mean something. You will make mistakes; we all do. But with practice and instincts you may not know you have, you will learn to make less of them. You will face a lack of resources, you will be denied access, people will refuse to give you interviews, editors and executive producers will give you impossible deadlines and not enough time or space to tell your stories. This is emotionally hard and sometimes around-the-clock work. It might cause people to hate you. It might put you in danger or expose you to trauma that might give you PTSD. This I know from experience. But after nearly 40 years at this, I still stand here before you and can honestly say with all my heart: journalism is a noble calling, a way to serve people and respond like an EMT or an emergency room doctor in a crisis with information they may need. If you work for the people and not for those who pay your checks, you will make the right choices about who to interview, what to ask and how to tell your stories, and this will bring your news organizations value that will make even your bosses happy. Be incorruptible. Do it with a pure motive, earnestly, without bias and expectations. Do it even though you may never know the impact of your stories. Do it even if you know you will be criticized. But get it right, which you will find is far more important than getting it first. Attribute, (Applause) attribute whenever possible. Check, check, and then double check the facts. Ruthlessly edit out any word or phrase or tone in your work that could get in the way of people making up their own minds. This is how we build trust, by working to be worthy of it. It is time to lift truth off its knees, prize it, cherish it, defend it and watch it rise along with all of us. Thank you. (Applause) (Cheers)

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