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 9: Liaisons Dangereuses: Reporters and Sources
What gives journalism its authenticity and its vitality is the tension between the subject's blind self-absorption and the journalist's scepticism. Journalists who swallow the subject's account whole and publish it are not journalists but publicists.
In February 2001 Prince William was invited to a party held by the Press Complaints Commission to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Newspaper editors would be present. The Times journalist, Matthew Parris, warned the heir to the British throne to stay away:
A newspaper is not an entity capable of sustaining a friendship. It is unprofessional in a career-journalist to foster trust except in hopes of future indiscretion. There is only one useful rule to be followed ...