The traditional news medium requires the reader to accept the validity of news stories and its facts, however journalists and news organisations are becoming less and less trusted. To combat this distrust, there must be ways for journalists and news organisations to protect themselves. This is where transparency comes in.

Transparency is an abstract notion, however it’s an important one. Gaye Tuchman, professor at University of Connecticut, said “the correct handling of a story, that is, the use of certain procedures discernible to the news consumer, protects journalists from the risks of their trade, including critics” (Tuchman, p.661, 1972), this meant that journalistic routines should be communicated to the audience.

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