Journalism's tough public-relations problem
Gene Foreman is former managing editor of The Inquirer, and author of "The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News" (Wiley-Blackwell)
When nonjournalist acquaintances learned the subject of the college textbook I've been working on the last two years, a lot of them reached for the same arcane word to express their reaction.
My textbook subject is journalism ethics.
The reaction: That's an oxymoron.
As in an absurd contradiction of terms, like jumbo shrimp or exact estimate.
Having devoted a lifetime to working in journalism, I always find it disappointing to hear the profession's moral principles dismissed so derisively. But neither is it a surprise. Widespread hostility toward the news media, which has only intensified in the last quarter-century, is regularly documented in one public-opinion survey after another.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Foreman and the Journalism Ethics Issue
Gene Foreman, friend to copy editors everywhere, writes about journalism ethics.