Dec 04 2016

Scott Pelley and Journalism Ethics

Published by at 10:31 pm under Tech Stories

CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY  inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.  CBS photo by John Filo ©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.
CBS photo by John Filo
©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I recently watched the speech given by Scott Pelley at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. In this speech, Pelley addresses a grave concern about the current state of journalism. This era of media is entirely focused on the “Be First” mentality rather than the “Be Right” mentality. This type of journalism is harmful to the public and, as Pelley says, “only serves vanity.” No one watching the news CARES about who is first to break the news. They only care about good information. Pelley believes that journalism has strayed from its core ethics and standards.

I completely agreed with all of Pelley’s points in this speech. He addressed something that I have been blogging about this entire semester: Public trust in the media. This trust has waned  in large part because this straying from the core ethics. When a news story is wrong, the public remembers – and trust is lost. Pelley’s speech is very poignant and on-the-nose. I think all news media outlets would do well to heed his words.

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2 Responses to “Scott Pelley and Journalism Ethics”

  1. Kyleon 04 Dec 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Is there something specific you think newsrooms ought to do about this?

  2. Nicholas Martinon 04 Dec 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Taking more time to verify information, even finding additional sources, would be the most efficient way to get back to better standards of accuracy.

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