The Effects Of External And Internal Pressure On Media Journalism

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External and Internal Pressure on Media Journalists Journalists are professional people, trying to work within a code of professional ethics. However, journalists cannot operate in a vacuum, doing what they think is right without pressures being put on them. Journalists face pressure from a variety of sources, all trying to make the journalist behave in a way which is not the way the journalist would choose. Employer Your boss pays your salary. In return, they expect to say how you will do your job. This can lead to ethical problems for journalists. If you work for a government-owned news organization, then your government will be your employer. This could make it very difficult for you to report critically on things which the government is doing. Ministers will often put pressure on public service journalists to report things which are favorable to the government (even when they are not newsworthy) and not to report things which are unfavorable to the government. They can enforce public service discipline, to make journalists do as the government wants. This is especially difficult to resist in small developing countries, where there may be little or no alternative employment. It is not only government-owned media where such pressure exists, though. Commercial media are paid for by a mixture of advertising and sales. To increase sales, newspapers, radio and television stations sometimes sponsor sporting or cultural events, and then publicize them. Your boss may demand more

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