Media Issue 2: Journalism Ethics



We very often asked that whether the things that the producers of the document publish are the truth or are there any hidden stories behind it.

In the article, it stated that “when the government and TEPCO gave only partial facts or no facts at all, the resulting reports became inaccurate or simply wrong. The credibility of the press — as well as the authorities — fell sharply.” This is because when only some part of the facts are given to the reporters; the reporters will tend to create their own stories to make it like it is the true story to fill the gap that the facts which are not given to them. However, in the article it stated that it is “healthy” to have a certain level of distrust in the media publishing.

Besides that, in the article, Sakurai said that “if the media do not step in and get all the direct information, they will never be able to get or tell what really happened” which I think it is true. If there are no reporters or media to run over the world to make news and capture things that we are not able to see, we will not know what is happening around us.

In today’s world, “when people wanted to know more than the limited reports by the mainstream media, they turned to the Internet and found expert opinions or information from the overseas media.” According to Osborn (2001), the internet provides the news content equivalent to thousands of newspaper each day through websites, emails, instant messengers, listserv, discussion groups or personalized homepage. News can spread very fast through the Internet especially on the social media site.  “Opinions from people who actually know about the relevant areas, instead of critics, are much more convincing,” says BLOGOS editor Kota Otani from the article.

In conclusion, most of the news out there is mostly being added by the journalist itself due to the some facts that are not given to them. Hence, we have to learn that sometimes what we saw and what we read does not tell the true stories of it unless there are people to experienced it and tell the story of it.

Reference List:

Osborn B, 2001, “Ethics and Credibility in Online Journalism”, viewed 11th June 2012, <>

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