Ethics In Journalism 4.25.06

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Ethics In Journalism 4.25.06

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

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