Ethics for journalists by Richard Keeble

By Richard Keeble

Ethics for newshounds tackles some of the concerns which newshounds face of their daily lives – from the media's intended obsession with intercourse, sleaze and sensationalism, to problems with law and censorship. Its obtainable variety and query and solution process highlights the relevance of moral concerns for everybody all in favour of journalism, either trainees and pros, even if operating in print, broadcast or new media. Ethics for newshounds offers a finished evaluation of moral dilemmas and contours interviews with a couple of newshounds, together with the prestigious investigative reporter Phillip Knightley. featuring various inventive thoughts for making improvements to media criteria and supported through a radical bibliography and a breathtaking record of web sites, Ethics for reporters, moment variation, considers many complicated matters together with: representations of gender, race, sexual orientation, incapacity, psychological future health and suicide ethics on-line – ‘citizen journalism’ and its demanding situations to ‘professionalism’ debatable demands a privateness legislations to restrain the ability of the clicking journalistic ideas corresponding to sourcing the scoop, doorstepping, deathknocks and using subterfuge the dealing with of private assets and the dilemmas of battle and peace reporting.

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If a campaign meets those criteria then newspapers should run them. Unfortunately, all too often newspapers run campaigns without a clear aim and without hope of an end. All too often they are worthy but dull. Too often they simply peter out because both the staff and the readers have lost interest in something they didn’t really care about in the first place. A good campaign should have a definable end, a good chance of victory and stir the passions of its readers. Newspapers should adopt good campaigns – not campaigns for the sake of it.

Journalists are accused of relying too much on elite sources. ) of your sources? What’s wrong with elite sources? Are we to ignore those with political power, those who have shown expertise in a subject such as science or art? The point is that elites should have their views challenged by a range of opinions but sometimes journalists seem to want to ignore elite views altogether. The fact that the elites may not be offering anything inspirational or interesting is a different matter and needs challenging rather than ignoring.

The church had recently opened a new centre in the City of London and they were receiving more press attention for all kinds of community works. Scientologists were also receiving press attention (some negative) about their giving gifts to the police, the promotion of their celebrity members in London and their works in schools and with trauma victims. I wanted to see if any of the allegations such as Scientologists pressurising people were true and if Scientologists were in any way as scary as some suggest.

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