The Ethical Journalist’s Toolkit

The Ethical Journalism Network has collaborated with the Thomson Foundation to create a course on ethics in journalism as part of their Journalism Now series of online courses. The course, which is free to take, is available until April 2018.

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.

Participating experts

  • 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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