Harm

It is written that thou shalt minimize harm. But what is harm really? In journalism, harm is the negative consequence that could result from telling a story . According to John Stuart Mill, no person is truly isolated from others meaning that their actions have some sort of consequence that affects others. Therefore,  a journalists…

Privacy vs Loyalty vs Truth

Being a journalist is almost like being Superman in that you are the one to fight for truth, justice and loyalty. But instead of using heat vision you use a pen or whatever. However, at times truth and loyalty can become each other’s nemesis. As much as in many cases, a journalist would mostly stay…

Photography and depicting reality

Photography gives us a chance to capture a moment and preserve it for years to years to come. Up to now we are able to see, interpret and almost experience events that happened 200 years ago through preserved photographs. However, if one is especially venturing into photojournalism, one must find a way to capture moments…

Ads and Content

I don’t know about you but I find advertising pretty annoying at times. I’m the kind who when I see those ad-pop ups while reading a blog or something like that I automatically click the x button. However, there are times I actually look… you see I’m kind of obsessed with health and nutrition so…

Fact- based Film ethics

Ethics in the film industry is way different than that of any other industry ( that is not artistic) because as much as a film maker should do his/her best to minimize harm, their artistic expression should not be limited . Therefore, cases of nudity, obscenity or graphic violence is not really an ethical issue…

Make a link

Linking plays a huge role in creating the web experience in that it allows readers to access to awesome unexpected information that could normally not fit in a print or broadcast item in itself. The good thing or maybe the not so good thing is that the standard of the content in the link does…

COVERING WAR: PATRIOTISM VS OBJECTIVITY

The way a journalist covers war is very crucial even to the outcome of the war. Question is, what if a journalist is faced with the dilemma of being patriotic versus being objective in news coverage about war? Well, at the end of the day, one of the main goals of journalists is to serve…

To what extent can we use deceit to get a story?

Journalists are constantly under pressure to come up with relevant but juicy content for their audience but no matter what, they cannot by any means put false content out there especially if it will tarnish somebody else’s reputation. This means that they may have to be creative in finding different ways to get a story….

REPORTING THE TRUTH VS MINIMIZING HARM

According to the Media Council Act, Journalist are required to seek and report truth, minimize harm in what they report, act independently and be accountable. So to what extent should Journalists tell the truth in order to minimize harm? Corruption is one of the biggest vices in Kenya. It’s screaming in the headlines to the…

LET’S TALK VIRTUE ETHICS

When I think about virtue ethics, I think about the fairy tale books I used to read growing up. These books mainly emphasized on having good character that resulted to happy ever after. Happy ever after in today’s world is peace and stability and of course success in the ventures one undertakes. Isn’t that what…