Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Three Ethical dilemmas (Yee Theng)

Hi everyone my name is Yee Theng from S2-03 and today I will be talking about the three ethical dilemmas journalists face.

The three ethical dilemmas that I have chosen are Bias, Anonymous Resources and Commitment to Accuracy. 

- Bias : The meaning of Bias is to select only one point of the story over another. However this occurs only because humans cannot be purely objective and this reason may vary from having a sense of belonging to being taught how to look at things. However, there are various sides to a story and it is alright to have some biasness in order to bring out the whole story. For example, if I were to report about a celebrity that I like, I might only want to get the good side of the story instead of publishing the entire story which might cause them to look bad in front of the public. However, this would be violating the ethical standards as the point of journalism is to tell people what is happening and not to influence them to think the way that you want them to believe and also, I don't have more than just one side of the story which will make the article untrue.

-Anonymous Resources: The meaning of Anonymous Resource is when reporters use a resource but they don't state where the resource comes from in order to protect the source from harm from being an identified source. However, when using anonymous resource, one needs to know if the source should be anonymous or not. For example someone saying that the school doesn't have good food shouldn't be anonymous while a source for court use might have to be kept from others not involved so that people do not have the chance to tweak the information.

-Commitment to Accuracy: Refers to undermining integrity and therefore, effectiveness of media more than carelessness (or deceit) leading to inaccuracy in the press. When coming up with an article, we need to ensure that the information we have on hand is accurate as we should not be publishing the wrong information. While others might want to receive news as soon as possible, it would be wrong to give out wrong information that might allow others to perceive the news in the wrong way. For example, in order for a report to soar high amongst the readers so that the reporter can get a higher salary, he can just make up a story that is extremely interesting for others to read, in this case it might compromise the truth to the actual news. 

And there you have three of the Seven Ethical Dilemmas~


  1. I agree with your points but you should stutter less so that you can be heard clearer.

  2. I agree with your points and you were quite clear