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RUNNING HEAD M8A1: RESEARCH PAPER 1 M8A1: Research Paper Excelsior College Author’s Note This paper was written for COMM335 – Ethics in Communication. The paper was submitted on
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Running Head M8A1: Research Paper 2 Information disorder through journalism has become of the most problematic issues that we face within our society in both public and social media. As a society we tend to believe that the facts of stories that are laid out before us especially if those stories are considered scandals, conspiracy driven or horrific. We base our assumptions of the most up to date information, but what if the information displayed is bias, un-trustworthy and lacks the basic ethical codes. Ethical communication within the digital news age has brought on a new era of distinct ethical problems concerning the practices and norms of journalism. The communication ethics realm is concerned with human communication interactions that involve but not limited to television, print to radio, or any other advanced electronic media. (Encyclopedia, 2005) Today, digital news media comprises of digital photo journalism, blogging, online journalism and a vast number of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. As technology continues to evolve so must the demands on journalist also unfold which begs the questions how professional journalist’s ethical communication plays a vital role in this ‘new media’ in terms or researching and publishing stories as well as how to incorporate text or images provided by citizens. There are many ways and contexts in which journalism matters, it helps us define ourselves as well as resolving matters, in other words it acts as the glue of our society. Literature Review There are five core principles of journalism the first being truth and accuracy, journalists may not always get the right facts even when doing things by the book however, they should always strive for accuracy. The second rule Independence, reports must be independent voices
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Running Head M8A1: Research Paper 3 that cannot be coerced by political, corporate or cultural. It should be identified prior as a disclaimer to either the editor or audience any financial, political or other views that may interfere with one’s story. (EthicialJournalismNetwork, N.D) Third, impartiality and fairness, each side has a story and even though at times it may be hard to represent objectivity in situations such as domestic abuse, murder, slavery, inhumanity one must remain impartial and report the facts laid out. Forth humanity, journalist should be aware of the impact that they will potentially cause when releasing a story for example, will it cause harm to another human being? Lastly, but most importantly accountability in ones’ actions. A sign of a gracious, respectable, sincere and responsible person/journalist is the ability to admit when the were wrong. These five basic but crucial core values are not being exercised in our media culture today, in fact
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