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The ethics of Journalism in the 21st Century.

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ethics of journalism

  1. 1. Journalism 2.0 [video], in Renewing the Journalist's Creed: The Ethics of Journalism in the 21st Century<br />----Zhichun Lin (Anita)<br /> Z3284416 <br />
  2. 2. Outline <br />The journalist’s creed review<br /> Citizen journalism<br />New creed of journalists in the 21stcentury <br />
  3. 3. Question: what do you think is the journalist’s creed ? <br />
  4. 4. Review “The Journalist’s Creed”<br />--Walter Williams<br />
  5. 5. Content <br />I believe in the profession of journalism.<br />
  6. 6. I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.<br />
  7. 7. I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.<br />
  8. 8. I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.<br />
  9. 9. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.<br />
  10. 10. I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.<br />
  11. 11. I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of the readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.<br />
  12. 12. I believe that the journalist which succeeds best- and best deserves success- fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride or opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient; always respectful of its readers but always unafraid; is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamour of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal change; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.<br />
  13. 13. Citizen Journalism<br />
  14. 14. Question: What is citizen journalism ?<br />
  15. 15. Definition<br /> “the act of a citizen, or a group of citizens, playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and disseminating news and information”<br />-Bowman and Wills, 2003<br />Watch a clip<br /><br />
  16. 16. Citizen Journalism Site<br />OhMyNews International<br /><br />30% of submission are rejected<br /> -- Lasica and Lee, 2007 <br />
  17. 17. New creed of journalism in the 21st Century<br />
  18. 18. What is the most important <br /> core shared ethical value in <br /> your culture ?<br />-- Rush Kidder<br />
  19. 19. Shared values<br />Honesty<br />Responsibility<br />Respect<br />Fairness<br />Compassion<br />
  20. 20. Telling the truth<br />-- Matt Thompson<br />
  21. 21. More moral than the public <br /> -- Tom Bivins <br />
  22. 22. The real creed of the journalist in the 21st century is not creating a document, is creating the network.<br />-- Mike Francher <br />
  23. 23. Create the network<br />Citizens and journalists have a conversation online<br /> A new ethic of public trust through public engagement <br /> --- E.g. traditional roles<br /> new roles<br />(-PEJ, 2008) <br />
  24. 24. Reference <br />Bowman, S & Willis, C 2003, We Media: How Audience are shaping the Future of News and Information, American Press Institute.<br />Journalism 2.0 [video], in Renewing the Journalist's Creed: The Ethics of Journalism in the 21st Century, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Missouri School of Journalism, <>, accessed 9 August, 2010.<br />Lasica, J D & Lee, M 2007, OhmyNews: Every citizen can be a reporter, <>, accessed 13 August 2010.<br />Project for Excellence in Journalist 2008, The Changing Newsroom < >, accessed 13 August 2010.<br />Williams, W 1908, The Journalist’s Creed <>, accessed 12 August 2010.<br />