Cross Platform Journalism: Ethics And Responsibility

‘The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distributions of information that we know to be untrue.’

-Edward R.Murrow

  • The camera never lies is a myth, unless you’re physically witnessing a incident, it is impossible to have the full content of a situation. A video can be manipulated in many ways such as cropping, editing and angle shots
  • Rules of broadcast journalism are simple but easy to cross, its important to; Never lie, misrepresent people or events with editing (first point), don’t fake quotes, pictures or sound, don’t get hoaxed and if it happens admit to it!
  • Facts are sacred, comment is free and when in doubt, leave it.
  • Biggest legal trap to all broadcast journalists all over the world is defamation, its divided into libel and slander. The difference is Slander is a spoken statement and Libel is a published statement.
  • Don’t quote someone if you can’t prove they stated it
  • Always be careful of email, you can be traced back to what you’ve sent. Sexuality, a person can’t say someone is homosexual unless the person said so themselves. Talking is also publishing, talking on air means you shouldn’t say what you wouldn’t print and lastly websites, a source can look liable but can be very biased or not have facts and statistics that are real. Make sure you check ownership when sourcing a website.