1. Where principled reporting typically relies on 'shoe leather', 'common sense' and a 'respect for the truth', what currently passes as journalism is regularly failing its audience in many crucial respects.
2. The coverage is distorted by celebrity and the wohship of celebrity; by the reduction of news to gossip, which is the lowest form of news; by sensationalism, which is always a turning away from a society's real condition; and by a political and social discourse that we -the press, the media, the politicians and the people - are turning into a sewer.
3. The journalistic field possesses a relative degree of autonomy from other fields of cultural production, such as the juridical, literary, artistic or scientific fields.