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From the Editor’s Desk: Revisiting journalistic code of ethics
Posted By Marketwired On July 13, 2011 @ 1:29 pm In IR/PR | No Comments
The business of journalism revolves around the creation of news. But, recently, journalism has become news itself with the phone-hacking scandal that took place at the British tabloid, News of the World. In the May/June 2011 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, Archie Bland, the foreign editor of The Independent, wrote an article, “Anybody There?,”  describing the sequence of events that led to the News of the World permanently closing its doors after 168 years. The article is an astounding account of human greed and secrecy in a profession that typically upholds the highest moral standards.
In light of the events that unfolded at News of the World, one must wonder what happened to the ethics of some journalists. In a world that creates and is driven by non-stop news, a code of ethics has never been more important than it is today. Whether you’re a seasoned journalist or a J-school student, here are a few guidelines to help keep you on the straight and narrow:
There are other codes, but the ones above provide a general journalistic standard that speaks to the nature of what journalists do, what is expected from them and how they should conduct themselves, no matter what company they end up working for.
There is a silver lining as we put the News of the World situation behind us. Hopefully, journalistic standards and codes of ethics are being re-examined and reinforced throughout the world’s media organizations.
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 “Anybody There?,”: http://www.cjr.org/feature/anybody_there.php?page=1
 Online Journalism Review: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/wiki/ethics/
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