October 13, 2005
Obligation - Chapter 10
Principle number 10 states, "Journalists have an obligation to personal conscience."
I agree with this priciple completely. All too many times I feel that journalists are only doing their job for the money, when they should be doing it to fulfill their passions (but of course money comes in second).
I admire Carol Marin for leaving her job and switching to another station when she discovered that immoral things were going on, just so that the station would gain more ratings.
At least Marin is true to her word...on page 182 she states, "I think a journalist is someone who believes in something that they would be willing to quit over." She definitely believed in being moral while also doing her job, which thus caused her to transfer to a different station.
I am sad to say that I think that many people would not have the guts to stand up for themselves and leave their job when they discover immoral acts. The average person would just stick around and tough it out, in order to put food on the table.
Posted by AshleeLupchinsky at October 13, 2005 10:37 PM