ethics and the media
reporting by tabloid newspapers hasn't helped the 'good
name' of journalists, yet staff don't necessarily support
their paper's stance. Recent research found that the backing
of a collective forum can help journalists raise ethical
concerns about their work.
lecturer at Trinity and All Saints centre for journalism,
Tony Harcup, looked at the role of the National Union
of Journalists in taking up ethical issues about journalists'
methods or output.
Harcup said: "Union influence waned when the NUJ was 'derecognised'
by employers in the 1980s and 1990s. With campaigns now
to gain recognition, there have been more moves to challenge
editorial control, through the collective forum which
the union can provide."
and Ethics: the quest for a collective voice, by Tony
Harcup, is published in the current issue of Journalism
Studies (Routledge), Volume 3, No 1.
a related article in the Press
Gazette, and on the TASC
people are in favour of limiting media intrusion into
people's private lives, especially for children, according
to recent research by Dr David Morrison and Michael Svennevig
of the Institute of Communications Studies.
researchers talked to media professionals, focus groups
and over 1,000 individuals for their views on recent high-profile
cases involving privacy and the media. Over 90% believed
children have a virtually inviolable right to privacy:
no matter what someone has done, or who they are, the
media should not impinge on the lives of their children.
just over half thought that the media could ignore people's
privacy to report on important issues in the 'public interest',
though neither media professionals nor the general public
could provide a clear definition of what that phrase meant.
research was commissioned by the BBC, the IPPR and a number
of media watchdogs.
the full press release with link to download the report.