Media Ethics Definition

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Webster's New World Pocket Dictionary defines ethics as "moral standards" and as a "system of morals." Webster's then defines moral as, "of or dealing with right or wrong." Similarly, media ethics are moral standards that are applied to the media. An example of this is the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics(1), a standardized list of items that members of the SPJ use as a guide in their strides to be effective journalists. In a similar manner, media professionals sometimes use their code of ethics as a device to shield themselves from attacks that are often led by individuals from the public who are dissatisfied with the journalist's work. Just as codes of ethics are utilized in various ways, the definition of media ethics …show more content…
I think that it is crucial that our publication identifies all of its sources that we use for our information. This is because the public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources' reliability and their identity. By giving sources' identity we are taking every possible step to report the truth and to discourage people from using anonymity as a mask for their own biased intentions. Along with changing this standard, I also changed the following standard that read, "Always question sources' motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises." In my new code I will never promise anonymity, therefor I changed the standard to read, "Always question sources' motives. Clarify conditions involved in exchanging information. Make no promises." The sixth SPJ standard, which states that the content of news photos or videos should never be distorted, is effective, but it is not specific enough. Our group believed that no image should ever be altered by our publication, not even flipping a picture to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Also, I think that the seventh standard should be moved to the very bottom of the Seek Truth section because it does rarely applies to a campus publication. I also moved the 15th standard towards the top of the section because I think that distinguishing between advocacy and news reporting is very important. All analysis and
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