07 Fall 2007 The Culture of Journalism, Ch 14

07 Fall 2007 The Culture of Journalism, Ch 14 - Guiding...

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Guiding Principles of Journalists
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Principles of Journalism Principles of Journalism Journalists are guided in work by beliefs: Freedom of the press Responsibility to scrutinize government Public’s right to know Importance of remaining neutral
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How Do Journalists Decide How Do Journalists Decide What Is News What Is News ? ? Look for the following qualities: Timeliness Proximity Conflict Prominence Human interest Consequence Usefulness Novelty Deviance
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What is News? What is News? Timeliness-new Proximity-location near readers Conflict-key to most news stories Prominence-About powerful or influential people Human interest-extraordinary incident involving ordinary person
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What Is News? (cont’d) What Is News? (cont’d) Usefulness-of consequence to a lot of readers Novel-different from the ordinary Deviant-outside acceptable social standards
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Ethics For Journalists Ethics For Journalists Code of ethics developed by Society of Professional Journalists. Addresses issues including neutrality. Earn readers’ trust by being neutral. Present facts without passing judgment. Do this by: 1. Writing in inverted pyramid style. 2. Carefully using and identifying sources. 3. Using adverbs and adjectives minimally. 4. Presenting all viewpoints.
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Ethical Issues For Journalists Ethical Issues For Journalists Is it okay to use deception to get a story? Is my story an invasion of privacy? Do I have some connection to this story that is creating a conflict of interest?
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Using Deception To Get A Using Deception To Get A Story Story 1880s--reporter Nellie Bly faked insanity to get inside an asylum to expose bad conditions. Today, considered violation of code of ethics to use deception to get information. Still happens sometimes. Do you think this is unethical?
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Deception (cont’d) Most editors believe that using deception to get a story is never justified, even for a worthy cause. Most newsrooms do not permit deception.
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07 Fall 2007 The Culture of Journalism, Ch 14 - Guiding...

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