Too close for comfort: journalists’ ethical challenges in regional Australia

Too close for comfort: journalists’ ethical challenges in regional Australia Journal Article

Media International Australia

  • Author(s): Stephens, Jane, Natoli, Rosanna, Gilchrist, Michele
  • Published: 2020
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • ISBN: 1329-878X

Abstract: Staff and budget cutbacks and systemic changes in news media have been widely documented by journalists and scholars, and this qualitative study aims to understand the empirical experience of journalists outside the cities, where isolation, small staff, tight budgets and close communities are the rule. This article reports on part of a study that investigated the experience of journalists in remote and regional media outlets in Queensland and New South Wales. This article explores the more pointed ethical difficulties journalists experience in regional areas, finding these conundrums add layers to decision-making and complexity in the source?journalist relationships. Journalists in regional and remote areas report feeling pressure to take shortcuts in their story writing due to time restraints, to sensationalise or angle stories to suit management agendas, or to write clickbait headlines. They identified these as challenges to their professional practice.

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Stephens, Jane, Natoli, Rosanna, Gilchrist, Michele, 2020, Too close for comfort: journalists’ ethical challenges in regional Australia, Journal Article, viewed 12 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=21679.

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