The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), a global coalition of major media professional groups which promotes ethics, good governance, and self-regulation of journalism across all platforms of media, offers a self-paced course on the ethics of journalism.
This course will look at:
- How to apply ethical principles to your journalism, whether you are working in social media, in print or on TV/radio.
- How to maintain your independence and impartiality in the face of powerful interests trying to influence your work.
- How to maintain your humanity and the humanity of the people you are reporting about, even when other journalists fail to.
- How to ignore fake news and discover the facts, while maintaining your principles of honesty, objectivity and accountability.
By the end of the course:
- You will feel more confident in maintaining your independence and sticking to your principles when dealing with false information, sensitive material or attempts from vested interests to influence your work.
- You will have developed your own ‘ethical toolkit’, that will help you make the correct judgement for every story.
- You will understand the connection between applying your ethical toolkit and the trust which your audience places in your journalism.
- You will discover that this trust means you can increase your sources of stories, as people - especially those who feel marginalised in society - believe in the accuracy and independence of your reporting.
You should be able to complete this course within two hours over multiple sessions.
Ethics of journalism
Ethical Journalism Network