Ethical Values in News Gathering and Non-Fiction Storytelling

  • Accuracy
  • Balance
  • Completeness
  • Detachment
  • Ethics
  • Fairness

Explain what each of these values are and why each is important.

Note that “lack of bias” is not one of the core ethical principles. Why not?

What are the challenges, pressures and limitations on achieving these values in the daily, weekly, monthly production of stories for public consumption?

Reflect on the following aphorisms, or words of wisdom:

“A reporter or storyteller is only as good as his or her sources.”

“Journalism is the first draft of history.” Give one example of how journalists got an historical event WRONG and one example of how journalists got an historical event right.

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

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Guide to Fake News Sites

Don’t be fooled by fake or fictitious news sites online.

How to tell fake news from real news.

Fake news has always been with us. It has led to violence and war. 

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/02/debunking-obamas-dubai-domicile/

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/Fake-News/tp/A-Guide-to-Fake-News-Websites.01.htm

http://www.snopes.com/2016/01/14/fake-news-sites/