Journalism Ethics

Clean Up the CAJ or Put It Out of Its Misery

Conrad Black | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business
Conrad Black

Journalists are often interesting, not infrequently quite talented, and usually have some professional pride, or at least common decency. Those who rightly call themselves journalists in this country might wonder why this admittedly (and reassuringly) declining occupational association is the carrier and propagator of the pernicious virus of malicious invention. It doesn't represent journalistic standards and if it did, no one would know any facts at all about any subject of public interest, other than to the extent any individual was directly aware of what was being reported.

Watching the Watchdog: Why Journalists Do What We Do

Tim Knight | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

We journalists have done a lousy job of explaining how we do our jobs, how we practice our craft, to the people we serve. I'm of the opinion that our low ranking in public opinion polls is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it. So allow me to try.

Watching the Watchdog: Think Newspapers Are Over? Read This

Tim Knight | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Just before our recent over-sentimental overindulgence in gifts, food, drink and religion, the Star came out with a massive two-page spread titled "A Culture of Secrecy." It's a splendid rebuttal to the myth spreading through our culture that newspapers like the Star are doomed.

Post-Shooting, These Kids Don't Need Media Attention

Elamin Abdelmahmoud | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Elamin Abdelmahmoud

In the wake of the tragedy in the Newtown, CT elementary school, we are all left speechless. In the midst of the chaos that ensues, we rely on news media to guide us. But in order to get as close as possible to the story, sometimes news media pass the line of what is acceptable. Today, there were many instances of reporters talking to little children. Eight- and nine-year-olds. A little child who has just experienced a tragedy like this doesn't need a microphone in his or her face. What we don't want is the use of little children as a means of getting viewers. Those children need love and care first. The story should always come after.

Watching the Watchdog: Why People Don't Trust Journalists

Tim Knight | Posted 06.16.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

At a recent gathering of longtime journalists, the talk got around to how journalists were ranked way down there in public esteem with lawyers and politicians. A colleague claimed that's because our fellow citizens don't understand what we do. "Bullshit," growled the oldest member.

'It Was An Attack, Not Journalism'

The Huffington Post Canada | Adam Miller | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada

Margie Gillis still can’t bring herself to watch the controversial interview that sent Canadians into an uproar last month. “I have not been a...

Why a Free Press Need Not Push Ethics to the Edge

David Schneiderman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada
David Schneiderman

'It was not our job to get in the course of justice,' Murdoch testified. Qualification for continued employment at a news organization, however, calls for something more than non-criminal behaviour.