*Note that this is script is not accurate
~ Conflict of interest
- This happens when you interview someone whom you may have close ties with, close enough that they trust you in one way or another
- For example, you are a journalist that interviews this manager involved in a food poisoning case
- He happens to be your older brother
- it is alright to interview him, as he represents the company involved in this incident. It would be reliable to interview either him or a spokesperson.
- But he has close relations with you, hence he may take advantage of that and plead you to give a twist to the interview (make the story milder by saying better things of him)
- You may then distort the truth
- This then compromises trust between you and the audience. Even if nothing was distorted, people would still think that there may have been change.
- They cannot trust you and you are unable to prove to them; the interview would not be transparent
~ Invasion of privacy
- This is widely practiced by the paparazzi.
- Involves going to far lengths in acquiring, let’s say, photos of scandalous celebrities
- You may be waiting on their front lawn, scaling their walls, just for a close up shot
- This is an invasion of privacy; their homes are meant to be shelter not only for the elements, but also a place where they retreat undisturbed.
- The person has his/her right to privacy and cannot be intruded by journalists who want scoops (it makes more money)
- Every person has a right to have privacy hence try to keep in mind where you are currently at (if you are at his/her residence, try to stay away from doors and windows and remain at the sidewalk or corridor)
- Being more inclined to a certain side (race, religion)
- Discrimination may hurt them
- I know everyone has preferences and likings
- However, reporting of news has to be factual
- Hence it is not ethical to side with the one you prefer
- This may influence people due to their trust in the media and lead to further disturbance to the present situation (racial issues)
- Our manner of writing may be affected by our mindset and hence reporting facts is more important than opinion
- We should try to be as impartial as possible and take caution when writing such controversial articles