What are ethics? Why does ethical journalism matter? How do ethics affect good journalism? Ethics and Journalism provides a comprehensive overview of the main approaches to ethical enquiry in Western journalism. It examines the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists in all areas of the media and sets out ways of achieving ethical journalism. Ethics and Journalism: Explores such subjects as: private lives and the public interest, relations to sources and coverage of death, disease and destruction; Examines the role of regulation and self-regulation of the media industry; Discusses strategies of good journalism; Thoroughly examines the role of industry codes. Ethics and Journalism is informed by interviews with top journalists and editors and is written in a clear and accessible style. It includes an exhaustive bibliography as well as an excellent list of relevant web-sites. It will be essential reading for all journalism, media and politics students studying journalism and ethics, as well as for those who already work in the media and are interested in understanding ethical issues.
Chapter 10: Conflicts of Interest
Whose round is it? What are we havin'? Where's the pub? When's it open? Why don't we have another one?
The Duke of Wellington's famous phrase, ‘Publish and be damned’ is sometimes taken to be a ringing endorsement of the principle of freedom of speech. In fact, it was an insult hurled at a corrupt reporter attempting to extort money from the Duke for suppression of a scurrilous story about him. ‘Conflicts of interest’ were the order of the day for reporters of earlier times. You paid your money and you got your favourable (or suppression of unfavourable) coverage. Newspapers emerged out of a world of contentious reports of battles, diplomatic ...