Media and Journalism Ethics
University of the People
This paper is being submitted on March 22, for
PHIL 1404: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Unit 8 – Applying Ethics to Diverse Societal Issues
Journalism ethics are transitioning from a localized or national view to a global and world perspective. Regardless of which normative ethical theory one may choose to apply, (consequentialist, deontological or a virtue) media and journalism ethics is a relevant discussion because of the global significance. Although a universal standard of media ethics has yet to be established, media and journalism ethics is relevant and carries a significant societal and global presence.
Global media ethics attempts to establish a universal standard as to how journalists ought to report and practice their craft. (Ward, n.d.). Originally, journalism reported to a local audience and the impact remained within borders or had limited exposure. This is no longer the case, information has no physical limitation, and globalization has changed the format and speed in which information can travel. Breaking news will circle the global in seconds and the impact and reaction to the information is now on a global level. Even though information is global, the code of conduct the journalist reporting the news typically follows has remained localized or more likely described as western-centric. (Ward, n.d.).
There have been several attempts to establish or discuss a universal code of journalism ethics. In 1970, an attempt to establish a “New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO)” was met with resistance. (Ward, n.d.). The United Nations has had several committees for discussing the idea of a set of principles for r...
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