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Business Journalism: How to Report on Business and Economics by Keith Hayes

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Ethics and Change

I have already made reference to ethics. But it can’t be stressed enough that whatever else journalists may do, they must keep any information they get as confidential until they can confirm it is fact.

The reporter must strive to produce the highest possible level in the quality of reporting. Every story has an impact on society—sometimes small, sometimes large. But if the tale is rooted in baseless data or hearsay instead of facts, the impact can cause untold damage, which the journalist ultimately may never be able to put right.

A Brief Definition of Ethics

Commentators define business ethics as written and unwritten codes ...

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