Can a journalist have a writing style? Can journalists have a comical tone? Do journalists have the freedom of writing like other writers? The answer is no.
Journalists are bound by tons of rules because if a journalists ever appeared to have a comical tone, they may appear biased. If a journalist ever appears biased, their audience may not trust or listen to them.
The job of a journalist is to tell their audience the truth about what is going on. They need to know both sides of the story and if a journalist is biased, their audience won’t get the entire story.
The only style a journalist can adopt is the Associated Press Style. Many newspapers and magazines all across the globe use AP style.
It is very rare that journalist can take on a style of their own. Some online web publications let journalists write freely, but it can be argued that journalists who are have a style of their own and a tone of their own, are not actually journalists.