Reading Response 9: Ethics and Law

In theses chapters Filak goes into depth about the laws that are in place to help and protect reporters, as well as guidelines to be followed to avoid lawsuits. While the First Amendment seems iron clad, it does have gaps in which reporters can get in trouble for incorrect or misleading information shared to readers. Laws are ever changing, and keeping updated on them is a good idea to help avoid complications. Knowing your rights as a reporter is important in this regard as news of any length can cause trouble. A reporter must remain true when writing or be put at risk of being found Libel for a defamatory piece.

Being ethical when writing is required to avoid issues with publishers and readers. Reporting is a give and take relation ship between reporters and the people, where the people give information in exchange for a future article on the information. The warping of words should not be undertaken in this instance to avoid damaging credibility. Being upfront about reporting should also be done to insure retaliation for false defamation doesn’t occur. A reporter must also refuse being manipulated so their credibility remains intact. Bribes, favors, and special treatment should be avoided to help do so.

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