Journalism is governed by three main values that ensure its reliability for the public; these are being fast, being fair and being accurate. While the debate of deciding between being fast or accurate is still on, the absolute necessity of fairness cannot be argued.

Being fair and objective in term of journalism means that you separate the “facts” from the “opinion” to preserve the accuracy, and that, in case of a disagreement or a debate, all sides must be presented, and they must all be in the same proportion. Indeed, the only opinion that you can put in an article is the one from the people who are written about, and their ideas must be quoted, so that they are not misunderstood for the writer’s thought.

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One of the biggest ethical issues in the journalism world would be to choose between getting a story first and getting it right. As difficult as it might be to make the “right” choice, there might not even be a right choice.

Fast, faster, always faster

Getting the story first means that you will be the first one to publish it, but it can also mean that you might not have every relevant information for your article, or you may be even have wrong information that would conduct to the misinformation of the public. Being the first to publish a paper also lead to push the accuracy into the background; so which one is more important? We live in a world of social media, where everyone tweet what is happening when it is happening. We live in a world were the influence of the web as never been greater. The Internet is what allowed the information to be expanded anywhere in the world in the shortest time; journalism has to follow that trend and adjust their way of working to be faster and faster.

« If you’re going to do it, do it right. » Tag

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Rupert Murdoch's caricature on phone-hacking scandal (mediamatters.org)
Rupert Murdoch’s caricature on phone-hacking scandal (mediamatters.org)

Journalism is regulated with codes and laws such as the editor’s code of practice, to make sure that some limits are not exceed and to avoid enlarging the already long list of journalistic scandal. Scandals such as phone hacking, made up articles, deformed interviews, unethical behaviours, lie, omission, truth hiding etc., made the front page of newspapers or TV news; but it had a much bigger impact: it broke a part of the trust that is supposed to be between the reader and the journalist. A trust that the security of these codes, laws, regulations is supposed to maintain. But how unethical a journalist can be?

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Have you ever thought of the journalist’s depiction? Maybe you had through stories about journalist or through movies. As a matter of fact Hollywood movies are often at the origin of myths and ideals through the story they tell or the picture they draw of people, places, jobs etc. I wanted to find a movie based on journalism to see how journalists are painted and I found the movie « Shattered Glass ».

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Current Journalism Students in University have a new module to take, that their predecessor did not have: ethics. The appearance of this new class can be easily explained by the big turn that occurred in the British Press around three years ago with the Leveson’s Inquiry. It was ordered on the 8th of July 2011 by the Prime Minister David Cameron because of a previous scandal including revelations of phone hacking in 2005 and a spread of law-breaking acts by the parts of the press. This Inquiry was led by Lord Justice Leveson, and divided in two parts consisting firstly into a full investigation in the press and secondly in a review of press’ regulations.

The News of the World last front cover on July, 11 2011 after the phone-hacking scandal

The News of the World last front cover on July, 11 2011 after the phone-hacking scandal

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About me



I’m Julie, 18 year old French girl who recently moved to London to study journalism at Brunel University in Uxbridge, London. I am passionate about sports, but my one true love is swimming; but I also really love anything concerning international news and affairs. My dream would be to work as a journalist travelling all around the world and to do reports about it in both French and English.

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