The Need for Essential Truth

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At its core, journalism ethics are rooted in one primary goal, which is telling the truth. There are other principles, like objectivity, that have been questioned and redefined as the industry has evolved,… Continue reading

Crying Wolf?

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One of my first lessons about a personal code of ethics can be found in the story of the boy who cried wolf. In this fable, a young shepherd boy cries “Wolf!” every… Continue reading

Are we people or journalists first?

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As a journalism student, ethics are drilled in your brain from the first day you sit in JMC 110. Dean Gilger rattles them off quickly and often. This school is not lacking in… Continue reading

‘To each his own’ – can Journalism afford such value proposition?

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Ethics like religion, food and recreation is largely a matter of personal choice. While some values are universal, each individual has a different threshold of how much he or she would apply any… Continue reading

What Inspires My Ethics

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  Bernhard Lang/ Getty Images By Kazi Mohua I first came along with the term of ‘Ethics Code’ from my sister. After she joined the military, she used to tell us her personal… Continue reading

My Personal Code of Ethics – From the View of Social Sciences

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As a psychology major who takes journalism courses, I ponder on the differences between a social scientist and a journalist. When it comes to a personal code of ethics, I think of the… Continue reading

The ethics of illuminating misery

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In The Year of Living Dangerously, the dwarf photographer – Billy Kwan as portrayed by Linda Hunt – offers the following advice: “Don’t think about the major issues. You do what you can about… Continue reading

Three Simples Rules That Guide a Journalist

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A journalist’s code of ethics should be reduced to the same values that define you as a person, as a character. These are the main principles that I am trying to follow. 1)… Continue reading

Ethics: Honesty and the importance of trust

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 I will always remember the moment my mother caught me in a lie and, with a solemn expression, she soul-crushingly quoted Friedrich Nietzsche to me, saying: “I’m not upset that you lied to… Continue reading

Living above reproach like Caesar’s wife

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By Paul Udoto Nyongesa   “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”   The above quote by Clive Staples Lewis, one of the… Continue reading

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