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ENG 121 & 122 Course Playbook

Supplementary materials for English 121 and English 122, Introduction to Journalism I & II.

Module Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • describe journalistic ethics
  • identify the limitations and challenges of 21st century media


Code of Ethics

Further Readings

Code of Ethics

Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Four principles: Seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, be accountable and transparent

Does the Media Have a "Duty of Care"?

Example Assignments

  1. Find and download examples of political news and opinionated journalism on the topic of American politics.  For example, compare the evening news program on a broadcast network with “The Daily Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” or “The Rachel Maddow Show” or an article in the New York Times in Vanity Fair.  Be prepared to discuss.
  2. Essay: What are the ethical challenges faced by reporters and editors? How should they meet them?
  3. Essay: How can editors protect themselves from malfeasance of reporters in the high tech era?