Strategies to develop a cross-cultural, global ethics mindset among journalism students
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wed Jul 10, 2019
Salle C Bis (Room C Bis)
This paper discusses existing pedagogy, codes and tools for teaching media ethics in the digital, global age, then offers a new approach, based on current ethical challenges. The paper addresses these questions: What ethics and practices should responsible journalists follow in our world of fake news, authoritarian regimes, and new journalism defined by anyone who produces and disseminates information? Also, how do we honor indigenous values and practices in journalism? A new cross-cultural, global mindset about ethics is required, one that acknowledges that journalists operate in a contentious zone where traditional, Western-based democratic values and practices may not dominate. Consider the challenges when reporting within and about Indigenous communities, finding credible sources and gaining their trust. Consider reporting in China, where freedom of speech is forbidden. What is a mindset of truth-seeking and how can students adhere to this today? This paper explores the challenges that journalists face, then offers principles to help students develop a new mindset, plus codes of ethics and practices that students apply to specific case analyses.