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Journalism Ethics

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COM 13500 Introduction to Journalism at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO

COM 13500 Introduction to Journalism at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO

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  • 1. Journalism EthicsCOM 13500 Introduction to Journalism
  • 2. Today’s Concepts• Libel• False Light• Seven Deadly Sins of Journalism• Journalistic Ethics• SPJ Code of Ethics
  • 3. “A newspaper‟s core business is integrity. News is not a product like a tire or a paper towel. It is what we journalists say it is. The reader has to believe. A newspaper‟s „brand‟ is trust – trust in its judgment, its independence, its values. That‟s what remains constant. The news changes every day.” -Richard Cohen, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • 4. Libel: Publication of a false statement that deliberately or carelessly damages someone’s reputation Harrower, p. 144
  • 5. Invasions of Privacy: False Light• “When you run a story, a photo, a headline, even a photo caption that portrays someone in an inaccurate way – as something he or Caption: “Addicted to alcohol she is not.” – and homeless…” Harrower p. 146
  • 6. Seven Deadly Sins1. Deception: lying or misrepresenting yourself to obtain information. of Journalism2. Conflict of Interest: accepting gifts or favors from sources or promoting social and political causes.3. Bias: slanting a story by manipulating facts to sway readers’ opinions.4. Fabrication: manufacturing quotes or imaginary sources or writing anything you know to be untrue.5. Theft: obtaining information unlawfully or without a source’s permission.6. Burning a Source: deceiving or betraying the confidence of those who provide information for a story.7. Plagiarism: passing off someone else’s words or ideas as your own. Inside Reporting, Harrower p. 150-151
  • 7. Code of Ethics: The Society of Professional JournalistsWhy do ethics matter to reporters and news outlets?Inside Reporting, Harrower p. 153

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