Provides an assessment of issues facing the Irish media at the present, and not only raise concerns with current ethical standards within the media, but show what steps are being taken, and what steps might be taken, to assure that public confidence in the industry's professional standards is retained....
|Title||:||Media In Ireland: The Search For Ethical Journalism|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
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This book was compiled from items submitted to an editors' conference held in 1998, called the Seventh Cleraun Media Conference. The book now feels extremely dated. Topics to the fore are the death of Princess Diana, Clinton's affair and the influx of asylum seekers to Ireland and Germany. There is no mention of the internet although I was using CompuServe out of Dublin in 1996. All the contributors are male. The result of this is that we feel these editors were about to be overwhelmed by change.Common themes are accountability, confirming sources, libel issues, setting standards within the profession. At this point Conor Brady, one contributor, was editor of the Irish Times, one of Ireland's earliest newspapers to have a website. He speaks in favour of training before and during employment as a journalist. He doesn't say exactly what needs to be on the course. A degree course had been set up in UCD but in general new journalists were still coming in with an arts degree or just as 'office boys' to quote a later writer. I noticed a general unwillingness or inability to state what the ethics and standards actually are, or which must be followed as best practice. Brendan Purcell mentions values from Socrates and Plato but other than a brief quote doesn't tell us what they are. Dublin Business School today, has no such difficulty, incorporating a philosophy module on its journalism course. This module states the rules set down by the Greeks for debating, such as pursuing the topic instead of attacking the person who is speaking. Robert Pinker writes a much more helpful chapter called Can Codes Of Conduct Really Work? which foreseeably is based on the British Press Complaints Commission experience, laying out headings and describing each: intrusion on grief; long lens photography and phone tapping in private places; children of the famous or notorious; harassment; and public interest are the main issues addressed. Full marks for a useful contribution.Leaks both stolen and deliberate are addressed, advertising's importance and the responsibility of press owners or managers as well as a newspaper ombudsman and right of correction. The text is often dense, self-referential and concentrating on paper news. Somehow it also tends to make journalism sound boring.Claude Jean Bertrand lays out Media Accountability Systems and his presentation is excellent with bulleted long lists; full marks for useful data presented in a modern way. He mentions quality control staff, letters to the editor and balance of debate.Today a reader may, without paying, flick through several newspaper and magazine sites, following them with global broadcasters, journalist blogs and a site full of citizen journalism. We have to hope that the standards set by previous high-minded editors and journalists are still in place in our established media. Try reading: The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom by Joel Simon; Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions by Paul Mason.