chapter  5
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Truth and Objectivity

In light of the discussion thus far, the concerns within media ethics relate to news,

its meaning and purpose in society, and this also concerns the meaning and purpose

of journalism, particularly its role and effectiveness in society and its capability

for aiding and even helping to create democracy. Media ethics therefore is partly

a debate over normative perspectives towards applied ethics and journalistic

practice. In this context, media ethics is concerned with the function of journalism

and the purpose of news. With respect to what defines journalism it’s clear that

method is integral to newsgathering practices and production; however, there are,

as we’ll see in this chapter, different perspectives on how to achieve this. The most

popularly discussed method and perhaps the most controversial is objectivity, and

there are just as many detractors as there are supporters of objective reporting.