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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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Holding onto Your Ethics

 

What You’ll Learn_________________________

Journalistic ethics aren’t just voluntary behaviors that make you feel good. No, they are necessary behaviors that enable you to conduct yourself in the best tradition of journalism in a land of liberty. Ethics empower you to maintain not just your own credibility but that of the whole news and information industry. The audience doesn’t always understand journalistic ethics, but without fail, they will notice if you breach them.

You’re familiar with these terms: fairness, balance, privacy, libel. It might surprise you to read this, but these and other ethical challenges to the honest practice of journalism mean different things to different people. So I won’t purport to ...

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