Today's technology and means of distribution turns that on its head, because the scarcity imposed by the physical publishing platform has been supplanted by nearly free platforms that are accessible to all. That means that anyone with an opinion, knowledgable or otherwise can put it out there.
The old-fashioned writers and frankly even a lot of bloggers just arrange and regurgitate the "facts" as they hear them. The most valuable journalists today spend as much or more time reading what others write and then provide analysis and context that helps their readers to understand what it all means. They also call BS when it's required.
That's what I've always tried to provide in my own writing. I'm not always correct and I admit it when I mess up but at least to try to provide some insight.
Teaching journalists to read
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