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    The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

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 great media divide in the digital age: public relations and journalism

The great media divide in the digital age: public relations and journalism

“People in the PR industry don’t pick the phone up anymore and have human relationships”
 In his second special research article, George Pitcher speaks to two senior practitioners on each side of the PR/journalism divide about their work in the internet age.

I co-founded and ran a public relations consultancy for 14 years until 2005. Back in those days, the classically […]

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    Talking about the next generation: experienced journalists tell us what the new wave can expect

Talking about the next generation: experienced journalists tell us what the new wave can expect

In this special research article George Pitcher hears from senior journalists about the nature of their work and whether the next generation can be attracted to journalism as a worthwhile career option.

It’s often a habit of older generations to tell the young not to copy what they’ve done for a living – whether we’ve been medics, teachers or police officers, the jobs are […]

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A Sustainable Future for Journalism?

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.

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    Bold assertions but too optimistic? A review of the LSE report ‘Tackling the Information Crisis’

Bold assertions but too optimistic? A review of the LSE report ‘Tackling the Information Crisis’

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 […]

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    Are cat-calling reporters virtue-signalling that journalism is still a proper job?

Are cat-calling reporters virtue-signalling that journalism is still a proper job?

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 […]

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    The New Media Ethics: Nick Clegg can be Facebook’s conscience

The New Media Ethics: Nick Clegg can be Facebook’s conscience

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 […]

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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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    The New Media Ethics: How journalists can apply the Sunshine Test to do the right thing

The New Media Ethics: How journalists can apply the Sunshine Test to do the right thing

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 […]

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  • 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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