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Post Reply What ever happened to ethics in journalism?
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Don't confuse journalism with tabloid.
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Part of the problem is people started mistaking editorials for news.

Actual news reporting tells the "Ws" of an incident, What happened, Who was involved, Where it occured, When it occured, and if known What caused it or Why it happened. The reporter only reports the facts, just the facts and nothing else. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions from them.

Editorials allow the writer to interject their opinions about the news that was reported elsewhere in the paper. You used to have to work your way up the ladder for years before you were given an editorial story to write.

New media such as television meant that the hosts didn't simply read a report and let you make up your mind, the hosts would chit chat as a bridge between stories which meant they were injecting their own interpretations to the stories they read thus editorializing the piece and influencing the way the person watching thought about it.

New technology such as the internet has forced a faster news cycle where stories are frequently reported before anyone actually knows the basic "Ws" of the story. Thus in order to stay relevant the news companies need to report what is happening when it happens instead of waiting for confirmation of the facts otherwise people go to other websites to find out what is going on. However, it also means they have to keep changing their stories to match the confirmed facts that come in as they are reporting. Additionally they are forced to report on things that get people to their websites and clicking on things which is why so many stories have sensational headlines these days. The stories that get more clicks may actually not be the ones that are important but they end up being the ones on the "front page" of the websites due to their popularity.
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Interesting topic and as a journalist myself it definitely got my attention. Just a preface, I went to college for journalism and have been a reporter for about 3 and a half years.

I'll say this up front, there certainly are problems at certain levels of journalism when it comes to ethics. Some journalists tend to insert a personal bias and there are definitely a good amount of fluff pieces out there. I've also noticed some news agencies that have gone the more sensational route rather than just straight news.

With that said ethics in journalism does still exist, because I've seen it. My classmates and I were taught journalism ethics in multiple classes and it carried over when I started my career.

At the end of the day, I and many other journalists just want to do a simple thing, tell a story. In doing so, we try to tell every angle and leave any personal bias at the door.
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TheNotoriousLID wrote:

Interesting topic and as a journalist myself it definitely got my attention. Just a preface, I went to college for journalism and have been a reporter for about 3 and a half years.


Nice to meet another reporter here. I took college level journalism classes in high school because I ended up being the school newspaper editor my senior year. I'm not in the reporting business, currently working with a bunch of brain surgeons, but still manage some of their social media for recruiting patients.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Don't confuse journalism with tabloid.


Unfortunately CNN and many of the major stations take a simple story with very little details then add so much gossip and hearsay that it becomes tabloid news packaged as journalism
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Rujikin wrote:


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Don't confuse journalism with tabloid.


Unfortunately CNN and many of the major stations take a simple story with very little details then add so much gossip and hearsay that it becomes tabloid news packaged as journalism


It's still tabloid no matter who reads it to you.
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I think it depends on the subject and the intended point to be made.
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yeah, i feel like there is a lack of ethical guidelines of some sort. i'm in britain so this may or may not be relevant to your region. the majority of what the media publish is a load of bullshit and backed with lack of or no evidence whatsoever; but the worst is that the general public believe the crap that comes out of it. now, i'm not particularly taking a hit on journalism, this is just how i feel when i look at the area as a whole.

if you want an example, the stigma of mental illness is a big problem.
if there's a murder then they're quick to label them as dangerous, unusual or erratic in an article of some sort.
they don't go into detail about the back story of why it happened, heck they'll even fabricate the scene of the crime.
it makes the general public ostracize people who have a mental illness when they are perfectly capable human beings.

this goes along any other topic out there.
people read an article and think they suddenly 'know'.
you haven't gained anything at all.

i urge the general public to not be a ****ing sheep and use their heads.
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W H O C A N Y O U T R U S T ?


The news media? NO!
The President? NO! The political system? NO! The Congress or Senate? NO!
Homeland Security - FEMA - FBI - CIA - The Military - Local Gov - Local Police - The Courts - I H O P E N O T !!

Maybe I'm paranoid, but what if I'm not.....All I'm trying to say is its human nature to look out for yourself.
Everyone else comes in second or third
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Other than the weather forecast take everything you see/hear on TV-radio-internet-newspaper with a grain of salt.
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