Stephen Henderson is a Detroit-based journalist. He writes for the Detroit Free Press and hosts Detroit Today, a daily radio show. In 2014 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his articles about Detroit after the city declared bankruptcy. In his talk at Ohio University on September 7, 2016, he talked about Detroit Free Press' role during this difficult period for the city. He said he wanted to focus on the people of Detroit and how all the changes were affecting the citizens of Detroit.
This is one of many examples when journalists have the ethical obligation to report certain stories, because of the impact it has on people. Journalists have the ethical responsibility to give a voice to people that cannot use their own or do not have one.
In a few journalism code of ethics, it is important for journalists to "give voice to the voiceless, document the unseen." Henderson did this when he choose to write about the people of Detroit. Many other media outlets choose to write about the auto industry or the city's infrastructure Henderson followed the journalist duty to give the voiceless a voice.
An example when journalists used their voice to help the voiceless was Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. They used their voice and writing to expose the inequality of women around the world in Half the Sky. Since Half the Sky was released it has been read by people all over the world and developed into a movement to give women a voice all around the world. Without WuDunn and Krist
of it is possible people would not truly understand the inequality and horrors many women face.
It is important for journalists to use their voice to help people. Journalists are given a large amount of power. While it is not their job to save everyone it is their job to use their skills to report honest stories that can help people who might not be able to themselves.