Ethical Reporting

ethical (adj) relating to beliefs of what is right and what is wrong

What is unethical for a reporter? 

  • A) Pretending to be someone else in order to find out information for a story
  • B) Writing facts and information that are not true
  • C) Printing or saying negative things about a person
  • D) Secretly putting microphones in people’s homes to hear what they say, and then reporting their conversations
  • E) Taking photos of people in public without asking for their permission, and then printing the photos in a newspaper or publishing the photos online

Which of these actions is the most unethical for a reporter? Please explain. 

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7 thoughts on “Ethical Reporting

  1. B is the most unethical for a reporter. D and E are also unethical, but these are a kind of crime. Reporter have to have sense of justice, so they have responsibility of reporting only facts. Reader want to know only fact, not fiction.

  2. unethical reporters areBDE.
    D is the most unethical thing because this things can be said same as wiretapping. these facts
    also can be said people steal personal information, i mean,
    it’s illegal.
    that’s why D is the most.
    B and E are depends on the
    situation. i mean, sometimes, people put some pictures which is another person was in picture on face book without permission.
    this situation is bad, but not like illegal.

  3. I think B is the most unethical as a reporter. Because reporter is not a novelist, reporter have to have a responsibility for his articles. If reporter published unfactional story, it will make situation get worse. A,C,D,and E are also unethical behavior,but sometimes it will be indispensability. If reporter did A,C,D,and E, they will have to accept risk.

  4. A) Pretending to be someone else in order to find out information for a story
    B) Writing facts and information that are not true
    C) Printing or saying negative things about a person
    D) Secretly putting microphones in people’s homes to hear what they say, and then reporting their conversations
    E) Taking photos of people in public without asking for their permission, and then printing the photos in a newspaper or publishing the photos online

    I think, B,D,E all of include the unethical behavior because if reporter do like B, it is not good reporter. Reporter should be honest to reader but reporter already break one’s promise. And D and E are not good behaviors because reporter should keep interviewee’s privacy and before they record interviewee’s voice or video they should get permission from interviewee but even though they ignore that promise, it’s not considered ethical standards.

  5. In my opinion, I think C is the most unethical for a reporter. Because I really hate say someone’s bad thing, whatever the person is good or bad. Don’t judge anyone just tell us the truth. Some reporters specially like talking about negative thing to steer people’s emotion towards extremely side. It’s really horrible!

  6. Firstly ,B Writing facts and information that are not true. Because we should contribute a ture word for each other . And we should believe each other .This is the positive society . so writing facts and information that are not true obvious goes against the honest society . second D :Now ,,our tecnology developing so fast . Everyday we use Wechat. facebook, QQ at anytime .we often take pictures before we do sth .and in the photos often comes out other person .So it is impolite and the profile is their privaty .

  7. I think taking photos of people in public without asking for their permission, and then printing the photos in a newspaper or publishing the photos online is the most unethical for a reporter because of exporting an invasion of their privacy and taking mental damage. First, Japanese celebrities are taken photographs without their permission. Writers are interested in their private life. So, one of Japanese woman talent was photographed with her fiancée by writers. After printed the photos in a magazine, her engagement to her fiancée was cancelled. She also had a mental problem. She suffered from anorexia nervosa, so she stopped her activities as a talent. Therefore, I disagree with writers take celebrities photographs without their permission.

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