October 4, 2008

Journalism, news development and ethics

The Washington Post story of Oct. 3 that the Pentagon is once again ready to issue a contract to a private company to develop good news stories in Iraq should be a way to get into the discussion of the ethics of news placement.

Here is the link to the basics of the story.

The issue is not the development of pro-US forces press releases. The issue is the development and placement of these releases as if they are news stories. This gets into the whole issue of U.S. media outlets using video news releases as if the stories were locally produced.

It's amazing how many times issues come up that can be learning experiences for journalism integrity and ethical behavior.

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