March 11th, 2011
Studio SPJ: Talking about ethics
By John Ensslin
We had a really interesting episode of Studio SPJ on March 5.
Two former national SPJ presidents, Irwin Gratz and Fred Brown, had a conversation on the latest edition of the SPJ ethics book, which Fred helped edit.
The book, “Journalism Ethics – A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media” is available for order from Marion Street Press. Here’s a link to the order page.
The program was sponsored by Maine SPJ. Here’s an excerpt from their half-hour conversation.
Irwin: “Do you find that journalists are more or less ethical today?”
Fred: “I think they’re more hurried and harried today, less deliberative. And that may make them slightly less ethical.”
“But I think their basic nature, when they stop to think about it – and one of the things we hope to do with this book is let them think about it – they really want to be credible.”
“They need it to be competitive. They need to be reliable sources and ethics is very important in developing that reliability.”
Click here to listen to an archived podcast of the show.