the tabloid journalism is not that expensive in comparison to the traditional reporting .It is much of an easy task to run a news clip rather than sending the reporters to the scene. There are diverse risks involved with the increased popularity of the tabloid journalism .The core values like diversity, independence and objectivity can be lost due to this style of journalism. The market and society are the two contributing factors for this changing style in reporting the news. The tabloid journalism also affects politics to a significant extent. The present trend in media reporting constantly keeps watch on the personal life of the politicians rather than pressing importance on the official activities .They deliberately search for scams, scandals and corruptions.
The pertinent ethical issue in this situation is the issue of disseminating incomplete part of the story to the public. This clearly means that the tendency of Reid to print the story will result to the issue of reporting a story without accuracy and verification. SPJ Code of Ethics (1996) asserted that journalists or reporters should tell the truth and be accountable for their information. This clearly shows that if Reid prints the story, he can disseminates inaccurate and unverified information because information he has gathered differ from what people are claiming. Therefore, the following are my advices to help him print the information as soon as possible.
This would help to avoid arguments and disagreements. In Newsies, this is done when stated, “If it wasn’t printed, it didn’t happen” (Reporter, Newsies). These go hand in hand because it is again exhibiting how the publishers controlled the public’s minds. Furthermore, more dramatic headlines sold more, and publishers would do anything to increase their profit. From an article titled, “Yellow Journalism,” stated is, “Trying to boost their readership, papers known for yellow journalism printed front-page stories about the lurid, often unconfirmed acts of important politicians, businesspeople, and socialites” (“Yellow Journalism”).
They say that crime news has already become a staple news item, and because of that it is imperative that the media exercises caution when presenting information to its publics (Gruenewald et al., 2009). It should be noted that while their research revolves around homicide, the aspect of how it comes to be newsworthy depending on the offender and victim is an important factor in how it will be presented to the audience. They worked under the assumption that the gender and race of either an offender or a victim are characteristics that raise or lower a news report’s newsworthiness. A study from Geer also shows that aside from criminals, the victims concerned in crimes play a large part in the visual element of crime news. Geer says that these visual elements of the news product depict immediately, dramatically, and often in full colour what it may take several paragraphs to say in words.
Journalism is a pivotal part of the public being exposed to information about the happenings of the world (Wilke 2013). Journalists are required to provide an honest depiction of events that would be otherwise hidden in plain sight. With the increase of platforms to receive information, such as online reporting, the public is exposed to a wide variety of inaccurate facts that negatively skews the levels of trust that exists for the press (Richardson 2017 pp. 1-3). It has become harder for journalism to remain as influential as it once was due to the growing distrust from the public (Keane 2013, n.p.).
The first is that the bias creates a foundation of misrepresentations of the facts which ensures that the people cannot debate the facts as they are. One of the main functions of the news media is to set the agenda for society. In the words of Bernard Cohen, “media do not tell people what to think, but what to think about” (Cohen). When the media presents biased
On a national level 74 percent of news journalists are men who cover political and business journalism, while 3 percent of women hold journalism positions covering sports. The gender imbalance in journalism has women perceived as compassionate and soft spoken while men are perceived to be dominate and hardcore.
Materials obtained by means of tapping should not be published The journalists must keep secret the sources of confidential information Unbiased journalism does not mean that the journalists should abstain from expressing their personal opinions. However, the reader should be able to tell the difference between the articles stating facts and materials expressing someone 's opinion or interpretation of events. It is not allowed to hide publicly important information or distort the facts. When stating facts, commenting on them or entering a discussion on a certain issue, journalists should stick to the ethics and principles of a dialogue and express respect for the discussion partner. The journalist should not photograph citizens in private environment without their consent.
Professional Journalists or Immoral Liars By Harry Fenwick The media is a mass distributor of information that is perceived by the public in such a way that the journalist wants the target audience to understand the article. Often in the media, the journalists can twist the truth and outright lie about a situation. This is done in order to benefit them or the company at which they work. These distortions of the truth are exploited in politics when an event happens in parliament, or the personal lives of the politicians. With the recent events concerning Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the media has sprung into action and journalists from every news outlet have given their opinion on the morals and values of Joyce.