December 4, 2007

The "Deep" Stuff- the Ethics of Journalism

Finally, my Senior Sem class came in handy. For our class, we had to give a presentation on the ethics of our chosen field, so I picked journalism and researched the ethics (there are more than you'd think, which surprised me for some reason). Chapter 11 of ABNW is like a nice condensed version of the Journalism Code of Ethics.

While most of the chapter was just a restatement of the Code of Ethics (summary: be honest and fair when reporting), I liked the section on plagiarism, creatively titled "Plagiarism: The Unoriginal Sin". Within this section were reporting standards by Robert Steele that outline all the questions journalists should ask themselves when reporting on and then writing an article. It is a pretty standard checklist for a news story, yet I can see it being helpful as well. "What is my purpose?" and "How reliable are my sources?" are great questions when writing-- sometimes, under deadline, I could see a reporter quickly composing a story in order to finish it on time, without realizing they are using unreliable sources or even having a real angle or purpose for writing. Take some time out and go through the checklist in your head-- the article will only be better because of it.

(Side note: why does "TK" stand for "To come"? Shouldn't it be "TC"?)

Posted by VanessaKolberg at December 4, 2007 11:01 AM | TrackBack

I chose that section as well. I'm glad you found a subject to relate to your presentation. I feel that ethics and morals are a good thing to have, they are what makes us good, and decide from right or wrong.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at December 4, 2007 12:28 PM

I agree that this mental check list will come in handy while writing articles or really any papers in our eduction and future careers.

Posted by: Bethany Merryman at December 4, 2007 2:14 PM

I agree a mental checklist is a good time, I never thought that plagarism was a big a thing as it seems to be. I never did it, but I can see how being in a rush to get something out there you could mess up with it.

Posted by: Chelsea Oliver at December 4, 2007 5:04 PM

Yes, there have been times where I have been in such a time crunch that I have had to find people to interview at work. My last article interviews were condcuted entirely at work and at production. But, the thing is that because I work with these people and have developed a relationship with them; I know and trust them. Always make a list of possible sources: when it's crunch time, your preparation will preven much undo stress and cursing.

Posted by: Daniella Choynowski at December 4, 2007 7:20 PM
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