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Ethics In Journalism 4.25.06

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A presentation that I did at Del Mar College in 2006.

A presentation that I did at Del Mar College in 2006.

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  • 1. Ethics in journalism Presented by Dr. Kay Colley
  • 2. Who am I?
    • Former reporter and editor
    • Former public relations director at UNT Health Science Center
    • PhD in higher education, minor journalism; Master of International Journalism; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • 15 years of college teaching experience
  • 3. Today’s objectives
    • To define ethics in journalism
    • To discuss the tenants of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics
    • To understand what it means to “Minimize Harm”
    • To understand the importance of personal responsibility in ethical decisions and behavior
    • To review possible ethical dilemmas
  • 4. What is ethics?
    • Ethics (from the Ancient Greek ἠθικός ēthikos , the adjective of ἤθος ēthos "custom, habit"), a major branch of philosophy , is the study of values and customs of a person or group. It covers the analysis and employment of concepts such as right and wrong , good and evil , and responsibility .
    • General advice that is consistent across time and circumstances
  • 5. Ethics in journalism
    • Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics has 4 main tenants
      • Seek truth and report it
      • Minimize harm
      • Act independently
      • Be accountable
    • www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp
  • 6. Minimize harm
    • April 22-28, Ethics week
    • This year’s theme: Minimize harm
    • www.spj.org/ethicsweek.asp
    • What does that mean?
      • Sensitivity
      • Privacy
      • Good taste
      • Identification of individuals
      • Balancing of rights
  • 7. Personal responsibility
    • If something is legal, is it ethical?
    • Learning ethics
    • Ethics and credibility
    • Ultimately, the decision to do or not do something is yours.
  • 8. Possible ethical dilemmas
    • Sources
    • Quotes
    • Slant/Angle
    • Actual words used
    • The role of objectivity
  • 9. Review of today’s objectives
    • To define ethics in journalism
    • To discuss the tenants of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics
    • To understand what it means to “Minimize Harm”
    • To understand the importance of personal responsibility in ethical decisions and behavior
    • To review possible ethical dilemmas