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 13: Blaming the Harlots
Should journalists be accountable? Writing in 1999 The Times columnist, Simon Jenkins, in a piece entitled ‘Don't blame the harlots’ stated: ‘The press may be without responsiblilty – who ever pretended otherwise? – but its power is a function only of what is granted by others’ (5 February). He has a point. But to deny the media's responsibility does no one any favours, least of all journalists themselves. Without mechanisms to encourage accountability, reporters themselves could become prey to the pressures of unscrupulous owners and editors to behave in ways they'd rather not. In this chapter I'll examine how responsible journalism can be encouraged.
Laws and codes serve useful purposes. Laws provide the outward ...