Risking Relationships as a Measure of Courage

McCarthy, Sheryl
June 2006
Nieman Reports;Summer2006, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p93
The article focuses on the concept of courage in journalism. It was said that columnists show courage when they write what they know will alienate them from the people and environments that usually sustain them. A columnist can put herself in deep conflict with religious and moral values on which she was raised when writing a judgment. Writing about those judgments can also risk the severing of family ties. Courageous moments of a columnist include its move to dispute the need for citizens to know the reason for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Columnists also show courage by supporting highly unpopular, but worthy causes.


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