Local Journalism/Global Responsibility?

By | July 5, 2010

Do we need a code of “global” journalism ethics now that interactive communications technology makes worldwide distribution possible for each and every story published online?

Here’s what the UW Center for Journalism Ethics says on the subject:

“News media now inhabit a radically pluralistic, global community where the impact of their reports can have far-reaching effects — good or bad. News reports, via satellite or the Internet, reach people around the world and influence the actions of governments, militaries, humanitarian agencies and warring ethnic groups.

A responsible global ethic is needed in a world where news media bring together a plurality of different religions, traditions and ethnic groups.”

Read more here: http://www.journalismethics.ca/global_journalism_ethics/index.htm

Sounds a lot like E pluribus unum: “Out of many, one.”

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