Monday, November 24, 2008

Writing with the Code in Mind

There are three major rules that stick out to me when reading the Journalist code of ethics.
1.Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
*This rule is extremely important to me because writing with bias can be harmful in many ways. As a journalist it is important that you keep other's views and values in mind as you write because you want to be sure not to offend anyone by placing your views in your work. Writing with your opinion on topics such as race, religion, and culture where you put one over the other can stop readers with your opposing views to discontinue reading
that specific source.
2. Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
*It is extremely important to me for journalist to show respect dealing with heavy issues such as death or tragedy to a love one or to atr agic event that is life changing. I believe that reporting cautiosly is extremely important because I feel it is inhumane to disregaurd what a person in going through just to get that story. The information and the event is not going to dissapppear so why not give that/those grieving people time to cope with the event, instead of being bumbarded by the media.
3. Admit mistakes and correct them promptly
*Everyone makes mistakes, ESPECIALLY journalist. Some mistakes are made knowingly and others are made unknowingly, but regaurdless it is impearative as a journalist to admit what he/she has written incorrectly. Whether it is a spelling error or the ine correct date journalist have a responsibility to the public to let us know whether what they have written untruthfully.

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