Ethics in Journalism
By: Jessica De Soto
Do you believe that ethical responsibility has suffered because gathering and reporting the news has evolved (internet, social media, citizen journalism, etc.)?
Yes, I do. The remaking of journalism has been a consistent battle for many years in the era of fake news, the internet, and citizen journalism. In 2013 at Long Beach City College, my professor, Pat Mckean had stated that newspapers would soon take a plunge in this new era that we are going in. I honestly didn't bother to listen.
However, over the years, I was beginning to see how blogging was becoming superior and how everyone and their mother wanted to become a blogger. At one point, I was intrigued by the idea, but I never took that leap of faith in doing so. I honestly didn’t see any substance to it besides how it glorified an illuminated people's opinion, which isn't wrong, but the breakdown of it seemed flawed to me because I was so used to ethical journalism; traditional journalism, and I still am because ethical journalism should be accurate, fair and honest as well as courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information (SPJ’s Code of Ethics, 2014).
An analysis article from Pew Research, "A New Journalism for Democracy in a New Age," had stated that,
“the technology has filled the world with a flood of undifferentiated information that is changing the audience for news and information from passive receivers to pro-active consumers who decide what they want when they want it and how they want it," (2005).