Chapter 10 — Journalist Have a Responsibility to Conscience

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September 23, 2013 by ag5454

“Journalist have an obligation to exercise their personal Conscience”

This issue with this is that there are too many ifs, ands, or buts involved. The biggest issue being who is signing your paycheck. It is easy for a journalist to say they would quit over something they believe in. There is going to be a line drawn by the journalist, at some point they are going to have to decide if it is more important to stick to their conscience, or more important to pay the bills. Although, I have never been a journalist, nor put in that predicament, I would say more times than not they will choose to pay the bills, especially when they have a family counting on them for support. The text quotes, Carol Marin in saying “I think a journalist is someone who believes in something that they would be willing to quit over.” They might be willing to quit over the issue, the fact of the matter is that most people will not have the luxury of just throwing away a job.

Another significant if is going to be whom you are writing for. Your conscience might say one thing, but as you are writing the piece, in the back of your mind you are considering how your audience is going to take it. Are they going to consider your comments racist? Should I censor the news because it might offend someone? There are many more questions you can ask yourself its possible you may not be doing any of it intentionally, but the audience does not care. Once its out there, it is up for interruption and because the American population is so diverse, it is hard to tell how they will perceive the news in the way you are sharing it.


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