Thursday, 11 July 2013

Three of the seven ethical dilemmas journalists face

To view the podcast, click link above. *Do connect Music Player for Google Drive to your google drive or download it. 

Lim Ming Hui

A conflict of interest is when you are somewhat related to the person you’re interviewing/ reporting/ journaling about. How can you be related? Be it financial, like bribery, or a family member or a friend, as long as you’re somehow in contact with that person/ know that person more than a stranger, you’re related. Why? Because when you actually know the person, versus someone you’ve never heard of before, you’ll be likely to side with the one you know better, and explore more in his ‘area’ - that is, somewhat related to the next topic, bias. 

Bias is something like conflict of interest, but not completely alike. Bias is taking sides with a party, being unjust. There has to be 2 sides to the story, and one should not try to point fingers before being able to see for both perspectives. 

I’ll be combining conflict of interest and bias. Okay, here’s the thing. Let’s say your very good friend is a well-known celebrity, who is undergoing a divorce with her husband because of an ‘affair’. Not knowing about your relationship with her, the TV news has asked you to cover her as a reporter. Should you reject the offer? You should, because since you’re her very good friend, you’ll try to make her sound as great as possible, but,  her husband would be at a disadvantage.

Commitment to accuracy, is, checking and editing the article. For one, or more, careless misleading information, could be make the situation even more serious, or on the otherhand, on a lighter tone. 

“TBD reporter Amanda Hess reported that ‘one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive’. She meant to say ‘one in three black men who have sex with men’. Although it’s not unusual for an occasional typo to slip through, however one should instead acknowledge their mistake and correct it, rather than pretend nothing happened and move on with it”

“TBD’s efforts to acknowledge the typo shows how a news organization can stand by it’s commitment to accuracy and turn a mistake into an opportunity to gain credibility.”

No comments:

Post a Comment