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In the United States, there is an expectation for journalists to be unbiased and remove themselves from what they are reporting on. In England, objectivity is less of an issue. Reporters and journalists frequently insert their opinions into their writings. Is the idea of impartiality an unattainable dream? Has the integrity of the entire discourse failed the general public? In looking at each country’s respective history, community standards, and ethical values we can fully understand and cherish the differences between the two.
Alexander Hamilton made the observation, “those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Every person has their own set of values or beliefs. There are standards that are agreed upon around the world such as the value of human life or the consensus against theft of one’s property. In terms of journalism, the intentions of various media organizations appear to correspond. Journalists aim to inform the general population through publishing information in the name of public interest. Just as each person has their respective values, each news source has their respective code of ethics.
There are various agencies, boards, commissions, and societies in America to prevent the corruption or misguidance of the many media outlets. The Society of Professional Journalists is open to any journalist who wishes to join. For over one hundred years, the SPJ has fought for journalists’ first amendment rights. With their own Code of Ethics, the Society of Professional Journalists proclaims that reporters should do four things when gathering and reporting information. The journalist should be honest, fair and courageous. Minimize harm by treating sources, subjects and coworkers as human beings deserving of respect. Act ind...

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