You are required to produce a 250-300 word news story focusing on an underreported issue (such as one discussed in class – suicide, mental illness, eating disorders, refugees, multiculturalism, youth, elderly, gender or any issue that you believe is miss reported or under reported as long as you can find academic literature to back you claim – but do make sure you note what issue you are focusing on right at the top of the assignment); and a 1000 word ethical analysis( a reflective essay) reflecting on your news production process. Your news story must focus on an under-reported or miss-reported issue based a topic discussed in the lectures or you may extend the scope of the article beyond the specific topics discussed to any topic you think is relevant. Journalism Ethics.
The reporting should focus on the principles of pragmatic objectivity discussed in class and be grounded in good academic research on the under reported issue of your choice – this thinking should be documented in the reflective component of the assignment – the ethical analysis. Journalism Ethics.
You must use a number of relevant primary sources in your story, and you MUST interview at least three primary sources. The story should also be accompanied by a full and comprehensive list of your sources, their relevance and their contact numbers. Journalism Ethics.
The accompanying 1000word ethical analysis should clearly outline and demonstrate the ethical considerations made in gathering information and writing your story. You should demonstrate a sound knowledge of underpinning theory and contemporary journalism coverage of the issue, normative principle s of journalism such as pragmatic objectivity, fourth estate scrutiny, social-responsibility and its truth-seeking mandate guided your process; and reflect upon your success. You mush back your arguments with good academic papers and other academic literature. Journalism Ethics.
News Story 1 – Aboriginal Issue
Indigenous residents of Kalgoorlie are enraged by a not-guilty ruling on the case of Elijah
Doughty which reduced the case from manslaughter to reckless driving.
Indigenous human rights lawyer Hannah McGlade complained that the incidence was a sign of
the growing vigilant behaviour directed towards Aboriginal youth and it shows how people are
taking law into their own hands. Journalism Ethics.
“This verdict reduced Elijah’s death to a mere traffic office under the Road Traffic Act,” She
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