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Ethical Responsibilities of Australia
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
Television Journalists and the Ethical Responsibilities in Australia Being a journalist may earn you a degree of fame from local to international level. The job is not only to show off and inform, but comes with many responsibilities including presenting a fair and accurate reports complying with the legal and ethical guidelines of the job.
Television journalists are also the personalities seen on TV who report on sports, weather, and current events for local and even international television stations (“TV Journalist”, n.d.). They must have the capacity to think fast and improvise if needed because most of the time, the television journalists are broadcasted live on TV. In a study conducted by Nankervis (2005) in Australia, the television newsroom hirers want to recruit journalists that are “thinkers with inquiring minds.” They want to hire those who have “old-fashioned” skills of breaking news not covered in another place (Nankervis, 2005). According to Nankervis (2005), television journalists should have the drive for news, ambition and the confidence. But behind the faces aired on television for reports or news, the personalities are bound to fulfil their job responsively. How can television journalists be said to have complied with their responsibilities? What are the responsibilities of the journalists? In Australia, most of the media journalists are members of the Australian Journalist Association (AJA), a division of Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) (“Journalist Code of Ethics”, n.d.). The members of the association are required to obey to the code of ethics (“Journalist Code of Ethics”, n.d). ...
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