Am I biased?
If I only interview LGBT people for an article about same-sex marriage does that make me biased? If I interview anti-LGBT people for that article I certainly am balanced but I’m implying that human rights is up for debate.
What about other topics that I don’t fully understand, like economics? An article about minimum wage. The idea of earning enough to survive is not controversial but the specific number of dollars to achieve that goal—-is that up for debate?
Is the act of choosing a topic biased? As a student journalist with readership in the double digits (on a good day), as someone who celebrates when a comment isn’t spam (because we get more spam than comments), this isn’t a big deal.
But if I ever gain a larger readership (college paper, dare I dream of professional journalism?), topic choice will be a big deal. By giving someone attention you are giving them a certain degree of legitimacy.
Can a journalist be honest and biased?