Are Journalists Getting More or Less Ethical?

In the video above, John Oliver talked about the condition of current and future journalism.

With the news consumption shifts to free, internet-based and 24/7 cycle news, the news corporations are like sinking boats.

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How could it not, with its revenue slowly (but accelerating) going down and more and more journalists got laid off?

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Just like John has said in the video, news corporations are now shifting to online content, click-bait headlines while thinking twice to write investigative piece.

But in this era where it is easy and free to get information/news, are journalists being more or less ethical?

LESS, it’s all just about click counts and money

In the video, John illustrated how click counts are being more and more prioritised.

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The illustration took us to a situation where an editor has to choose to either report about a corruption case in the Boston city hall or a debate on a cat which looks like a racoon or vice versa.

Obviously, for the purpose of humour the editor chose the Ra-Cat (Racoon Cat) piece. But what if the news corporations actually changed into that kind of corporations? Can we actually trust them to report about stuff that matter?


MORE, they can’t lie to us now

Verifying anything on the news comes very easily now with the internet and social media.

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You can almost find any information confirming or contradicting the news. And now with the citizen journalists posting on blogs and social media, anything suspicious will come to people’s attention.

Therefore, why worry about the journalists’ ethics and ideals? Anyone with poor ethics and low ideals will be eliminated automatically.


So, do you think journalists are getting more or less ethical? Comment your answer below 🙂

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