Let’s Be Honest

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An Editorial by Dave Freneaux

    I believe that when a community such as Central has only one or two sources for its news, there is a “Public Trust” to tell the truth without intentional bias.  My degree from LSU is in Accounting, not Journalism, but I figured if Thomas Jefferson could write the Declaration of Independence without a Journalism degree, I could at least write a few newspaper articles.  Concerned that I be at least mindful of a Journalist’s responsibilities to the readers, I searched for and found the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.  I offer the following excerpts:

•           Test the accuracy of information from all sources… Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

•           Make certain that headlines… do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.

•           Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

•           Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.

•           Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.

    Considering these as at least a starting point for acceptable news reporting in our Central Community, I challenge all readers to evaluate the headlines and the articles presented by any media in Central as news, and to see if they meet these standards.  Speaking for myself and CentralSpeaks.com, I welcome constructive criticism and will readily consider any verifiable information a reader may bring to me.  If I have misreported a pertinent fact, I will print the correct fact.  If I have left out a pertinent fact, I will print a correction and include it.

    I have a vested interest in the citizens of Central having unbiased news, because I live here.  These are my friends, neighbors and relatives.  This is where I work, play, worship and socialize.  I have always said that Central is the greatest place on earth to live and raise a family.  Help make Central all it can be by holding all of our news media sources, including CentralSpeaks.com, to a high standard of truth. – Dave Freneaux, Editor, CentralSpeaks.com


  1. Bobbie Bauer

    July 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Mr. Jenkins paper is a Newspaper and not a tabloid. In fact it was the first Newspaper in Central, being published long before your tabloid and written and published by an award winning Newspaper publisher.I think CENTRAL CITY NEWS is the best newspaper in Central and is not published by amateurs. …..Bobbie Bauer

    • dave

      July 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Mrs. Bauer,
      I agree, both papers are tabloids, since the term tabloid refers to the format of the paper on which the newspaper is printed.
      I also agree that I am an amateur in the newspaper business since by definition an amateur is one who does something for no financial gain. I publish Central Speaks as a service to my friends, family and fellow citizens, and I have never been paid anything for doing so. So, I guess you caught me red handed doing something simply to serve the best interests of our City.
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. Bobbie Bauer

    July 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I will try again and see if you have the ethics to publish this because it is not a duplicate letter. Mr. Jenkins newspaper is not a tabloid but rather a Newspaper written by an award winning publisher. Not only that it is the oldest newspaper in Central, having been published long before your tabloid written by amateurs. …..Bobbie Bauer

  3. Beth

    July 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Mrs. Bobbie- For future reference, I have noticed sometimes that I may have to refresh the webpage to see a post I just made. I think that is why your response did not show up for you immediately the first time you posted.

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