The 5 Core Values of Journalism


In this short video Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, describes the five core values that make ethical journalism really distinctive

Aidan White, the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network describes the five values which are the foundation of ethical journalism and which common to the many codes of conduct across the world.

These values are: accuracy, which means looking for the facts more than the truth; the principle of independence; impartiality - that entails that there is more than one side in each story and that journalist should account for this; the forth principle has to do with the question of humanity - meaning that journalists must be aware of the consequences of their work on people since journalism - according to White - “is part of an humanitarian process”; the fifth principle concerns the issue of accountability, meaning that journalists would really engage with the audience and admit their mistakes.

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