Standards of Journalists’ Care
This course will examine and compare legal and ethical constraints and dilemmas faced by reporters, editors and producers in fulfilling duties owed to sources, subjects, audiences, peers, and employers. These issues will be probed and debated in light of case studies, readings from legal and philosophical works, and the insights of guests including lawyers, ethicists and professional journalists. Included will be the law of libel and contempt, and the intricacies of court reporting, such as the treatment of juveniles involved in crimes. This course culminates in the publishing of case studies to the Journalism Cases of Canada website.