Posts Tagged ‘Journalist ethics’

Thoughtfulpiece from photojournalism lecturer on ethics involved in taking and using images, prompted by Sienna Miller’s testimony to Leveson. Agree with her rejection of the usual defences – ‘we made her what she is’ or ‘we’re not like paparazzi’ – and the call for the profession as a group to reflect on practice. Exactly.


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Leveson inquiry

State of UK media

Good piece from Steve Hatchett on state of UK media, as expoosed by Leveson and as familiar to most journalists forever. As a v young, enraged student I collared friends of my mother who, like her, worked for the Express and other Fleet Street tabloids about media responsibility. The answers usually included  ‘it’s only a job’; ‘if it didn’t sell papers we wouldn’t do it;’ to ‘ it’s only entertainment’ – all pretty weaselly ways of off-loading moral ownership.  Same people often fancied the ‘seeker-after-truth’ image of journalism – another interesting example of ethical identities at work.

Currently working on a paper on professional identities and their impact on ethics – some strong case material here.


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