I am second year Journalism and at the end of every semester we have to write an assignment about ethics. What is correct and what is not. We also had Media Law in the first semester of our second year. It was interesting but again it was all about what is right to publish and what is not.

I understand it is important to know all these rules and all these laws. However, our job as a journalist is to give information to the people and that information to be correct. I think there must be only one law and it has to be something like that: ‘Respect other people’s life and their families’ life. Always be accurate and do not mislead the public. Material must be published on behalf of the public (public interest).’ And then explain what would be in Public interest.

Our job as journalists is to be accurate. I do not understand why someone will write a story just to be published. There is no point of lies or false information. There is no point of doing bad things just for the sake of the money.

All you need to follow while being a journalist is to be accurate. Do not write something about someone if you do not want to read the same about yourself.

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One thought on “Ethics

  1. L says:

    Ethics is a strong concern in both Journalism and Public relations I guess. PR practitioners are liable to many Codes of Conduct, too, for we have duties towards the organisation we work for, our clients, the profession and of course towards society. Leading an ethical career is not an easy task as conflicts may sometimes arise as to whom you owe your duty more.

    However, I support your opinion that acting in the interest of the community is best for you not only honour society but at the same time, you show your dedicated engagement to your profession. If you neglect the community, you might cause significant damage to your clients/stakeholders, the organisation you work for and the profession itself. In severe circumstances, you might attract legal issues and professional bodies might sanction you, thus putting your reputation and reliability at stake. In PR, our professional UK body is the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, commonly referred to as the CIPR.


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