Humanities & Creative Arts Opinions
How can journalism rebuild its reputation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal?
“The conviction of Andy Coulson is significant on a number of fronts; it has confirmed that the bad practice of phone hacking was being sanctioned at a high level and has thrown the spotlight on the practise of spin doctoring. But probably most damning, is the impression given that journalism is all sleaze and deception. The wrong-doings are confined to a small, though powerful, minority of publications.
“Most publications, and that includes the huge swathe of regional newspapers, have always abided by both laws (and phone hacking is a breach of criminal laws) and voluntary codes of conduct. They may sometimes fall foul of a breach in guidelines, often through processing vast amounts of material at speed than through poor judgement, but corrections have followed and there has been a tacit understanding that to improve trust within journalism, accuracy, balance and fairness are hugely important.
“The vast majority of news stories are accurate, interesting to their audiences and well balanced.”
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