(of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.“[Journalists] try to be objective and impartial.”
synonyms: impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, nonpartisan, disinterested, uninvolved, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, just, open-minded, neutral Definition courtesy of Oxford
Objectivity in journalism is important because…
-It means that you’re listening to understand and not to interject a comment.
-When you listen, you learn. And then 1/2 your troubles are over (as mentioned by Louis L’Amour).
-It shows value for the other person and their perspective.
-Objectivity gives you the opportunity to communicate effectively with the other person.
-You will have the opportunity to springboard ideas with the other person (ex. “The presentation was good.” “What was good about the presentation?” “The speaker was confident.” “What can we do to be confident like the speaker?”).
-You’re open to other’s ideas.
-You are less likely to offend the other person and you will earn more opportunities as you network.
-Objectivity helps you to gather information as it is, and not how one-side might see it.