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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Global Journalism Ethics

New technologies with the vast acceleration in globalization have changed journalism in a whole. Today, news media use these technologies to gather text, video and images from around the world. This same technology allows the news media to spread this information around the globe. Globalization has increased the connection between people through media.
However specific countries have different codes of ethics and a standard set of principles have not yet been created that are followed by all major journalism associations. That is why the members of Journalism Ethics believe they should aim to create a set of principles. Members of this movement are professor Stephen J. A. Ward, the director and graduate students of the school of Journalism at the University of British Columbia.
In recent years, creating a global code of journalism ethics has been the primary concern of journalists. A group of scholars and ethicists gathered at the University of Stellenbosch in a discussion entitled “In search of global media ethics”. This roundtable took place in March 2007, at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).
Following through with creating a set of rules for journalism is a crucial for a few reasons. With the vast communication today the information we share should be accurate. A biased report can destroy our tightly linked global world unless reported properly. These reports may encourage ethnic groups in a region to attack each other, causing a war to break through.
In order to help this matter, UN agencies such as UNESCO are building a set of principles to follow. As these principles are forming journalists should play their role in helping to keep their reports accurate by correctly informing the public and by promoting non-biased reports.

[1] http://media.mcgill.ca/en/report_in_search_of_global_media_ethics

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