"We can't get any respect," laments many a journalist. Public opinion of journalists in general is lower than it's ever been, especially after a series of ethics scandals plagued the industry. Journalists are often ranked below politicians and lawyers for ethics and veracity, two canons of the reporting profession. A November Gallup poll found only 21 percent of people rated the ethical standards of newspaper reporters as high or very high.

A story from the Associated Press last week may bring some relief. A pair of researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Louisiana State University conducted a two-year study assessing morals. They gave a test to 30,000 people in numerous professions, including journalists for the first time.

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