Our topic this week was the fading of journalistic ethics and the rise of get the news out whether it is true or not – just get it out there. This practice has led to many false reports of news and even more poorly written articles than ever before. The Internet has taken the blame for this…that and the fact that anyone with an Internet connection can post any story that they wish.
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Another of our readings this week that really caught my interest was the “Journalism ethics in a digital age” by Kira Goldenberg. Kira was reporting on a conference she had attended and some of her comments were rather thought-provoking. Kira reported, “To that end, discussions ranged from the shortcomings of “most-read” algorithms to the Western bias inherent in the very idea that journalism as a whole needs lofty unifying ethics.” I thought: Is the idea that journalism needs ethics a Western bias? Are there not ethics in British journalism? Or maybe in French, Chinese, Japanese, and so on? This was classified in my mind as “things that make you go hmmmm” and will be revisited as I continue my studies.
I enjoyed the discussion in Difficult questions for digital media ethics on what exactly is journalism and who we name journalists. It is a difficult question with the Internet making anyone who wants to be a journalist, a journalist. As is usual in the 21st century, the old norms are passing away and the new ones are frontiers to be crossed.