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This News Business
Defining what is news has not always been easy because what is news in the eyes of a journalist may be no more than drivel to another.
News is, however, the primary commodity through which a medium seeks to interest its audience with its regular diet of public intelligence.
It is the quality of news reporting, which is value-added information processing, that informs the weight patrons attach to what a news medium offers as news.
The New York Times prides itself as publishing “all the news that's fit for print”. In other words, what it doesn't publish is not news. The (Nigerian) Guardian asserts that what it publishes is shaped by a “conscience nurtured by truth”. It is a bold claim of fidelity to ethical consciousness, which must be tested regularly. Many other publications make similar claims, emphasizing the sanctity of truth-seeking as a cardinal objective of journalism.