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Journalistic Standards from the Matt Drudge Era Introduction Public hope is in the heart of journalism. This trust is determined by the authenticity journalistic attempts. In the past, though mistakes are made by even the most reputable of information providers, credibility has been preserved and public confidence in the journalist industry was steady. However, with the Internet taking its first infant steps to the reporting planet, concern has been vocalized that public confidence in journalism will be ruined by mavericks, such as Matt Drudge, who, without any base in reporting search to tell the entire world every small secret he can dig up. And he has been wrong. This paper will examine the discussion surrounding online journalism, including a general look in journalistic standards and an account of Matt Drudge's activities as an Online investigative reporter. With all the pressures of staying current with engineering, information services scramble to grab a part of the Internet "pie," but fight to determine what the moral standards should be and the way that public trust can be kept in an environment in which anyone with a pc and online capacity can be a reporter. Overview of Literature "Let the future begin." These words shut Matt Drudge's introduction throughout his June 2, 1998, address before the National Press Club. His subject: "Anyone using a modem can record on the world." Times are changing and "traditional journalism" is finding it difficult to accommodate. The Internet as a mass communications vehicle is challenging several accepted norms. Journalistic standards and ethics are among the most debated topics. Although Matt Drudge is certainly not the only person reporting online information in a method inconsistent with traditional st.. .