Sunday, 14 July 2013

A Manicka Praveen - Ethical Dilemmas

The 3 main journalism ethics that I am strongly against are, plagiarism, invasion of privacy and biased

Firstly, I would like to talk about plagiarism. Plagiarism is seen as a crime in certain situations such as academically and when money is made from it.There has been an issue of plagiarism just a few years back. It happened when Kaavya Vishwanathan, a Harvard University graduate, published her book, “How Opal Mehta got kissed, got wild and got a life”. She earned a lot of fame and money as her book clinched the 32nd position in the New York bestseller charts. It was later found out that Kaavya Vishwanathan’s book was found to be plagiarised from Megan McCafferty’s books, Sloppy firsts and Second helpings. Megan McCafferty was notified by a fan that both the writings were very similar. Kaavya Vishwanathan’s book was recalled and she faced a huge loss.

Secondly, I would like to talk about invasion of privacy. Invasion of privacy is one of the most important journalism ethic because, journalists do not realise that they are invading other people’s privacy until something serious occurs. A really good example of this is the death of Lady Diana. There was so much paparazzi following her and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed that caused the crash and death of Lady Diana. Everyone deserves privacy. Not just the rich and famous but also the poor. To further stop the invasion of privacy by journalists, they should be aware of what is considered to be invasion of privacy.

Thirdly, and finally, I am strongly against journalists being biassed against people of different race and religion. No one is able to change how they are born. I find it really childish that people still treat people based on their race. Black people were not treated as equals around 200 years back. They were treated as slaves. But that was 200 years ago. Today, in the modern world, most people have realised that everyone is equal, at the bottom of their hearts, some people still think that they are more superior. This has to change at once.

All the above mentioned journalism ethics are to be observed in order for everyone to live peacefully and also to make sure the journalists are respected.


  1. The examples were accurate and did actually happen, which adds to the realism of the story. Voice projection was loud and clear.

  2. The examples are true, which catches the interest of the listeners as they really did happened in the past. Also, the pace of the podcast is appropriate in a way that it is easy to understand

  3. Examples are good, voice is clear, ethics are explained well.

  4. The example is realistic and explantion is alright. Volume is clear too.