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    The paradox of power for journalism: back to the future of news [new book]

The paradox of power for journalism: back to the future of news [new book]

The last ten years has seen a paradox of power for journalists. Overall, the ability of the mainstream news media to set agendas and control information has been drastically diminished. However, individual journalists or acts of journalism can have more impact than ever before. This matters. To the journalists, but also to the public, because knowledge is power and […]

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    The New Media Ethics: The state doesn’t have to kill journalists to silence them

The New Media Ethics: The state doesn’t have to kill journalists to silence them

In his latest blog on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher claims that every journalist has a duty to honour those who die for their work by bearing witness to the truth.

In the north-east corner of St Bride’s in London’s Fleet Street – the “journalists’ church” and their spiritual home – stands the Journalists’ Altar, sometimes still called the […]

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October 19th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Sir Cliff Richard arrives at the Rolls Building in London, as a High Court judge is preparing to analyse evidence in a legal battle between Sir Cliff and the BBC. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 12, 2018. The 77-year-old singer has sued the BBC over coverage of a police raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014 following an allegation of sex assault. See PA story COURTS Richard. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA WireGallery

    The New Media Ethics: Lessons from how the BBC failed to consider the consequences of its Cliff Richard story

The New Media Ethics: Lessons from how the BBC failed to consider the consequences of its Cliff Richard story

In his latest blog on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher considers how the philosophical school of consequentialism can save media groups time and money

When the pop-star Sir Cliff Richard won his case in the High Court in July against the BBC for invasion of his privacy, over a spurious child-abuse investigation, the subsequent media attention focused on two […]

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October 8th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
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CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, Washington, USA - 10 Apr 2018
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R) takes his seat to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on 'Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 10 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Gallery

    The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

In his third blog on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher compares the personal morality of the media leaders of the past and present.  Read his previous posts here and here.

Do media owners or leaders have a moral compass?  And, if they do, does that compass have a magnetic north, in the sense of an ethical ideal to which […]

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September 19th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
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    The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

This article by journalist George Pitcher is the first of a series looking at journalism and ethics.

A big problem with calling out journalism for a decline in its ethical standards is that it can imply there was ever a golden age in what used to be “Fleet Street”. It’s a romantic fantasy of Old Journalism, viewed through ink-tinted spectacles. […]

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September 6th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|