This course is
designed to help develop codes of ethics for journalists and their news
organizations, focusing on how to adhere to journalism standards in the digital
era of blogs, social networking and citizen journalism. This course aims to
help Indian journalists uphold the highest standards while still recognizing
the pressures to be first, to be profitable, and to attract readers. And it
also aims to show how those ethics can help journalists and their news
organizations achieve maximum credibility – something that will enable them not
only to succeed, but to help democracy flourish.
Week 1: Public Interest Journalism
This session will define this type of
reporting and provide examples from media in India and the United States,
including story ideas submitted by participants.
Week 2: The
Method and Potential of Data-Driven Investigative Reporting
Drawing on examples from India and the United
States, the session will define data-driven reporting and help participants
understand how they can use publicly available data to strengthen their
reporting and ask probing questions of the systems they are
investigating. It will also include a hands-on component.
Week 3: Media
Ethics in the Digital Age
This session focuses on ethical values shared
by journalists the world over: truth telling, minimizing harm, independence and
accountability. Participants will define ethical issues they face in India and
discuss in light of public interest journalism.
Week 4: Main Takeaways
Journalism Safety: Best
practices for assessing threats, mitigating risks, and utilizing resources
available online to journalists worldwide. Cyber safety for electronic
devices also will be covered.
Impact of Citizen
Journalists on Public Service Reporting: We will look at examples of
citizen journalism in India and the United States in light of the effect on
The Power of Public
Interest Storytelling: We end the workshop with an exercise that asks
participants to respond to four questions: If you had to write a headline
for your story today, what would it be? In 25 words or less, what is your
story about? Who are your three main sources? Why should the public
care about this topic?
comments on the importance of public service journalism from the trainers.