Resolution Three 2011

Resolution Three: To affirm the ethical practice of journalism and mass communication in a global age.

2011 Conference, St. Louis

The London-based newspaper, News of the World, published since 1843, was closed this year by its owners, the Murdochs, as a consequence of the scandal involving the newspaper’s unethical and illegal actions involving both the hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim’s cell phone account and payment to Scotland Yard for information.

Whereas, hacking into online or cell phone accounts of citizens, victims of crime or others under investigation damages the credibility of journalism and violates privacy rights;

Whereas, it is unethical to compensate sources for interviews, purchase gifts for sources, or pay for other unpublished material;

Whereas, checkbook journalism damages the credibility of journalism;

Whereas, blatant disregard for the ethical practices and standards of journalism not only erodes the credibility of media, but it also creates an incentive for sources to falsify information in the hopes of potential payment or other benefit from media;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

The members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) formally affirm the ethical practice of journalism and mass communication in a global and digital era, and condemn all such ethical breaches wherever committed.

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