Ethics

Apr 11, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The new Torstar Business Code of Conduct says employees have to act in the best interests of the company. But, as journalism ethics professor David Swick asks, can Star journalists always act in the best interest of Torstar? What if, for example, a reporter or columnist sees the need to criticize the parent company in the paper?

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Steve Paikin, the host of The Agenda, is asking for advice—his son is seeking a Liberal nomination in the 2015 federal election. Given this conflict of interest, Paikin asks how he should approach his election reporting.

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee looked at whether journalists have a responsibility to discuss the potential consequences of an interview when dealing with vulnerable sources, and if that could be done without undermining journalists’ duty to serve the public interest by providing it with important information. Esther Enkin reports. 

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In journalism, we are focused on publicizing, rather than protecting, information, writes Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee member Meredith Levine. There is currently little in the way of legal, professional or ethical obligations for journalists to consider the effect of their stories on the subjects of those stories, but perhaps there should be.    

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Beyond the fact that Mansbridge and his CBC bosses thought it fine for him to accept a paying gig at an oil conference, journalism professor Dan Rowe explains what the incident says about how journalists take their cues from politicians in determining what is newsworthy.

Feb 28, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge defended himself after a report that he made a paid speech to petroleum producers, saying he has never publicly promoted or opposed oilsands development.

Feb 24, 2014 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

Kathy English questions Alain de Botton's credibility as a "user's source" on the news after the release of his new book where he suggests that journalists should value artistry and persuasion over accuracy.

Feb 14, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

When Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale launched his lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford and said he would continue to report on the city hall beat, a J-Source reader asked if it was acceptable to write about a source you’re suing. Shauna Snow-Capparelli, a member of the CAJ’s national Ethics Advisory Committee, responds. 

Feb 03, 2014 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

Recently, a news website from rural Pennsylvania plagiarized a story from the Star, without permission or payment. A. William “Bill” Allen, who operates the website, blamed the unethical behaviour on an intern, but Kathy English discovers that this is not the first time this website has published plagiarized content. 

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

The ethics of photojournalism has been a subject of debate in newsrooms this week, following the Associated Press' announcement that they “severed ties” with a Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photographer for manipulating a photo he took in Syria. Kathy English discusses the Star's ethics policy and how it applies to news photos.

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Ethics

edited by ROMAYNE SMITH FULLERTON

Contrary to the old saw, journalism ethics has never been an oxymoron. Most journalists care deeply about their responsibilities toward audiences, sources, subjects and peers. When juggling those loyalties gets hard, the conversation gets going on J-Source's ethics page, which doubles as the Web space of the ethics advisory committee of the CAJ Canadian Association of Journalists. Romayne Smith Fullerton
is associate professor at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University.To contribute, please click on any "comment" box or contact the editor