A new book by Teodora Beleaga, a City University London MA student, discusses media ethics centered around the News of the World phone hacking scandal. This seems to be only the front runner with many books surrounding the trial to soon follow.
One focus of the book is the discrepancies of what journalist are taught and what they learn on the job through experience as well as what they read.
"What does it all mean, if anything? For both academia and the industry have clearly agreed to disagree here, particularly on the definition of 'the public interest'"
Beleaga continues stating that media ethics needs to be discussed in a larger setting, considering developments in the industry.
"On the one hand, they need to take account of the issues concerning both the existing and emerging business models, as well as their short and long term sustainability, and the economically social, cultural and political factors impacting on media standards."
An interesting point is raised here as we have not yet coped with the progressive industry. Should governmental regulation be required?
Furthermore, should the definition of a journalist be narrowed? Lawyers and doctors are professionals that need academic certification for practice. Is journalism leading towards that route?
Lastly, what are the conditions needed to improve press standards? While that is the mission of CIME, it is difficult to create a clear-cut route. As for now, there are many resources journalist can take hold of, such as the J-Ethinomics course, but it is the journalist' job to be on the lookout.
If there is a doubt, do not be afraid to ask questions. It can save your job, your company, and your career.
Source: The Guardian