Monday, July 2, 2012

Nansi: Ethics

This week I learned about ethics and what it means to be a journalist. Ethics is kind of like a set of principles or integrity people go by when they are working. A journalist needs to have ethics because otherwise their work is not very valid to people. For example, if a journalist accepts a gift from an interviewee, they are not being very ethical because the person interviewed might want something in exchange. The journalist might even be blackmailed after. Later, we decided to find out what other people thought ethics are. We went in pairs and interviewed people on their thoughts. One woman said, (the only person we got to interview...) "Ethics are just a set of principles that people go about in their daily lives." and since it got awkward by our silence, we just told her to have a good day. In our defense she seemed busy anyway. I feel kind of bad that we only interviewed one person. I'd feel better if we weren't rejected twice in the first place. I liked learning about ethics because it applies to journalism and my future when I have a career.

1 comment:

  1. Don't get discouraged, Nansi. Every journalists runs into people who don't want to comment - if you don't, you're not doing your job! Plenty will be happy to talk to you, and grateful for the opportunity to be heard.