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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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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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    The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

In the final part of his examination of media ownership, George Pitcher concludes that social-media operators can’t operate in a moral vacuum

In last week’s blog, I traced a continuum of meanness between the old press barons, such as Lord Beaverbrook, and the new media owners, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Both kinds were and are fabulously […]

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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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