Perspective on Ethics in Journalism

“What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” - Bill Moyers

“What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” - Bill Moyers

Hello there! It's been a while, but I'm back in class and excited to be expanding my brain again. This time I'll be diving into ethics in journalism with Professor Bill Mitchell. For this On Assignment, I'll be posting a weekly analysis focused on ethics issues based on recent news media. 

It's been a while since I've last posted. Guess why? I took some time off from classes during a professional transition to social media. I left some serious travel behind, but I'm so excited to have a creative outlet at work. Social media is playful, powerful, and endlessly fascinating because it's always changing. With a topic like ethics, it's hard for me not to discuss social media. So get in, buckle up, and keep up because my excitement for this topic mixed with my daily mining of the internet for work is going to get us going at rocket speed.

It'll get bumpy. 

I've never studied or thought deeply about ethics (can anything be truly good?). But I hope to develop a process for which to base ethical decisions in my own work in social media and future storytelling. This quote from Bill Moyers, a journalist whom I grew up watching on PBS, sums up the task ahead best. 

What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does.
— Bill Moyers
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