Can a journalist successfully report grief or a tragedy if it is relatable? How can the journalist ethically minimize harm while remaining unbiased?
Journalists are expected to separate personal biases while gathering information and generating reports for the public.
In respect to ethical standards in journalism, journalists are required to maintain a balance between the public’s right to know and potential harm and discomfort the news may cause.
If the current events in the community involve relatable grief or tragedy, maintaining that balance can be a challenge.
Personal experiences that mirror current events within the community can impact journalists who will impact their report. Some impacts include unintentional influence, over exposure, or bias.
It would be difficult to report a story that is relatable with tragedy or grief involved. For example, if a journalist is a resident in a community with an increase in police brutality, it may be difficult to report ethically a story that involves police brutality.
I was informed that there are professional and ethical obligations required by journalists. There is a delicate line between being assertive versus aggressive and informational versus bias.
It is imperative for journalists to gather information respectfully, accurately report the truth, show compassion, all without bias.
A successful, responsible, journalist can report sensitive issues and topics in the community with the public’s best interest.
Reporting issues that will have a direct impact on people within the community is necessary, and the public has the right to a report without bias.
There is no room for carelessness or an agenda in journalism and journalists should avoid misinterpretation, fact check the truth and present it to the public.
To minimize harm journalists should sensitively create a meaningful report without bias.