Transparency teaches us to reveal the clockwork of story to further establish credibility. Some journalists think that transparency is getting out of hand and is used as a means to bandage rather than heal splotchy journalism. Yet transparency works with indecency in that it serves to establish a standard for journalistic credibility.
In this way transparency and independency urges us, as journalists, to focus on informing the public as clearly as possible, and it encourages the public to read on and trust that the information they are getting is accurate.
This is not to say that journalists should ignore the value of independency but rather that they should consider the needs, interests and goals of the public they are serving. After all, our duty as journalists is to the public.
In the age of digital media, the public creates a community for themselves by commenting on, liking or up-voting what they read and view on the Internet. It is our job as journalists to pay close attention to these communities as they help improve our methods of research, distribution and communication. We can only know how to interact with our audience if we immerse ourselves in it and if we make it our goal to further improve community ties and bonds through ethical journalism.
Using transparency should no longer be seen as detrimental but as a means to serve the community and provide that instant gratification of information and interactivity that our public craves. Engaging the community is not only in the best interest of the journalist but of the community itself. Without and news sources that they can rely on, where else can we expect our public to inform themselves?