Ethics in journalism are always under growing scrutiny but perhaps never as close as today. Thomson Reuters is hosting a debate at its London offices to address current questions including the following:
–When is a potential story so important to the public interest that it’s ethical for a journalist to pay for information?
–Has fact-checking and editing become less of a priority in an age of cost-cutting and “personal” journalism? What are the consequences for news organisations’ commitment to accuracy and freedom from bias?
-Are Western standards of news ethics and standards necessarily correct? Should there be a global standard for what constitutes proper journalism ethics?
–Which is more ethically challenged: Journalism practised by state-run news organisations or that practised by news organisations owned by large corporations?