The Ethical Journalist’s Toolkit
About the course
There should be no journalism without ethics, particularly in a digital world, where there is a constant flow of information, much of which is false.
This course will look at:
- How to apply ethical principles to your journalism, whether you are working in social media, in print or on TV/radio.
- How to maintain your independence and impartiality in the face of powerful interests trying to influence your work.
- How to maintain your humanity and the humanity of the people you are reporting about, even when other journalists fail to.
- How to ignore fake news and discover the facts, while maintaining your principles of honesty, objectivity and accountability.
By the end of the course:
- You will have developed your own ‘ethical toolkit’, that will help you make the correct judgement for every story.
- You will feel more confident in maintaining your independence and sticking to your principles when dealing with false information, sensitive material or attempts from vested interests to influence your work.
- You will understand the connection between applying your ethical toolkit and the trust which your audience places in your journalism.
- You will discover that this trust means you can increase your sources of stories, as people – especially those who feel marginalised in society – believe in the accuracy and independence of your reporting.
Whether you are starting out on your journalistic career, or you’re an experienced reporter, you will – hopefully – find this course’s examination of ethical journalism useful in improving your skills and career.
- Ewen MacAskill – Defence and intelligence correspondent for The Guardian
- Salim Amin – Chairman of Camerapix
- Dorothy Byrne – Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four
- Craig Silverman – Media Editor of BuzzFeed News
You should be able to complete this course within two hours over multiple sessions.
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