George Pitcher traces the philosophical roots of human character and argues that new technologies mean we have lost a capacity for journalists to develop their own practices and ethics.
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The common ground of both these reports, Cairncross and Knight, is that local media serve local democracy. They then depart company on how it is to be supported and encouraged, the former looking to public finance, the latter to philanthropy and citizenship. On balance, we need to find ways in which local journalism can re-discover its old craft and creativity for its own ends.
In his latest blog on the new ethics of journalism, George Pitcher reviews the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission’s report Tackling the Information Crisis.
A danger that besets anyone who tries to tackle what is happening to our media in the digital era is that it’s a lot easier to set out what the problems are than to propose solutions for […]
In his latest blog on the new ethics of journalism, George Pitcher asks what is behind the trend for broadcast journalists to shout questions at politicians when there’s no chance of getting an answer.
Why do UK political broadcast reporters shout questions at senior politicians as they arrive at public buildings such as Number 10, leave their homes in the […]
In his latest blog, George Pitcher asks what is in the Clegg appointment for Facebook and concludes that he can be a prophetic voice in Mark Zuckerberg’s wilderness
As the Times columnist Hugo Rifkind has noted, social-media posts about Nick Clegg over the past week or so have divided fairly neatly between those who are disappointed with him for accepting […]
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 […]
In this week’s blog on the new ethics of journalism, George Pitcher discusses what personal qualities make for a good journalist – and concludes that it’s not about being “nice”
What constitutes bad journalism may be relatively easy to identify – stories that are made up, poorly researched and sloppily written. Good journalism is the breaking of important stories, thoroughly […]
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 […]
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 […]