Sunday, 14 July 2013

Ethical Dilemmas

*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)

~ Bias
  • 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


  1. Good work, pronunciation is accurate and clear. Very detailed in each section.

  2. Great job in describing and explaining each particular ethical dilemma in detail and very good examples too.

  3. The voice is very clear and very detailed description of each scenario.

  4. I agree with his points. He is creative and detailed. His voice is loud and clear.

  5. The podcast can be understood clearly and the words are also pronounced clearly.

  6. Very accurate and detailed examples, also, his voice is loud and clear making it easy to understand

  7. Nice voice projection. Good points about the dilemmas. Well-supported with examples