Ethics

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A new report from the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics committee looks at when a relationship with a source is so close that it's apt to affect a journalist’s news judgment.

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

How close is too close?” is a timeless and somewhat insidious question for journalists, and the answers are as inevitably murky as are human relationships themselves.

Jul 16, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Canadian media ethicist Stephen Ward has launched a new website, Media Morals, that will explore journalism ethics in global media world. 

Jun 09, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Considering the unique vantages drone journalism can provide, losing this technology due to a lack of professionalism would be a serious blow to our industry, writes College of the North Atlantic journalism instructor Jeff Ducharme.

Jun 02, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

It’s not good enough anymore simply to say, “a source said,” “sources say,” “on background” or the many variations of the same. Editors should demand more disclosure from their reporters, and reporters need to push their sources harder for details on disclosure, writes the Spec’s managing editor Jim Poling.

May 30, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Whisper, an app that allows anonymous users to post content to the app, could provide journalists with valuable information. But when and how should media outlets make use of the app?

May 12, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Most news outlets publishing robot-made content are so far choosing not to inform readers about their use of the software, a decision that contradicts one of journalism’s most valuable ethical principles: transparency.

May 07, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Hidden cameras—by their very name—sound surreptitious, deceptive and the opposite of what journalism is supposed to stand for—transparency. But many journalists insist that hidden cameras are a legitimate investigate tool, not a gimmick of “gotcha journalism.” Associate editor Tamara Baluja reports—plus, check out a video on how hidden cameras are used at the CBC.

May 06, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

When The Globe and Mail paid $10,000 for Rob Ford photos, it may have confused the public interest with what the public may be interested in seeing, writes Langara College journalism instructor Ross Howard.

May 05, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

How exactly would an editor rationalize a decision to unpublish? What alternatives are available? The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee took an actual unpublishing request made to a major Canadian news organization and analyzed it according to the guidelines we authored in 2010. 

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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