Topic: Ethics – Ethics Dilemma Question

You are required to write 1,000 words (plus or minus 10%) in order to answer your chosen question. The essay questions we set may be a real or hypothetical but will have at least one ethical dilemma. This is the ethics course and while, in some cases you might want to acknowledge a legal issue, what we are interested in is your analysis and conclusions of the journalistic ethics. Do not include the question or bibliography in your count. You should cite references using the Harvard referencing system (not footnotes). Whatever conclusion you reach, what counts is the quality and logic of your argument and showing a clear understanding of the journalistic ethics and issues raised by the case. Essays will consider writing quality, taking into account that some students will be writing in a non-native language.
Pointers: You can assume the readers/markers know the story so you do not have to spell out the basic details. It is an academic essay, not an article, and you should draw your own conclusion at the end. Most of the cases will benefit from reading the background material suggested in the links, particularly for those cases stemming from real-life situations). You can draw on other similar cases for comparison if you wish. You can use the material on Moodle, the reading list, your own further research, quotes from guest speakers (where they were not invoking Chatham House Rules) and your own additional research. You may want to refer to concepts that we discussed to put your ideas in a theoretical framework – if appropriate. Make sure your meaning is clear with any concept you reference. If you interview someone about the issue, please name them and explain their relevance. An interview is not required and marks will not necessarily be higher if an interview is included. Please make sure you are familiar with what constitutes plagiarism.


Reporting on a mass shooting On 15 March 2019, two consecutive mass shootings occurred at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer. The attack, carried out by a single gunman who entered both mosques, began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm and continued at Linwood Islamic Centre at 1:52 pm. He killed 51 people and injured 40. After streaming online a far-right manifesto ahead of the shooting, the gunman continued live video streaming as he conducted the massacre. This material, or part of it, was broadcast by some media outlets. How would you have handled this story as a desk editor? What images would you have shown during or after the event? At what point, if at all, would you have named the perpetrator? Please note that parts of the film sequences available online are harrowing. Reading

Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of Assignment: Essay
Subject: Journalism
Pages/words: 2/1000
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Academic level: Master’s
Paper format: Harvard
Line Spacing: Single
Language Style: UK English

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