Media and Ethics (Jan-May 2017)

Core module for BSc (Hons) Journalism Yr 1 and BSc(Hons) Communication Yr 1

Class on Fridays from 8.00 to 11.00
Room 2.10 NAC

Module Outline
Please note that lectures will be conducted in English and French.

20th January
Introduction générale

27th January
We carry on with our discussion of the introduction. We will also do some classwork. Then, we will work on lecture notes on theoretical underpinnings for media ethics.

3rd February
We discuss the lecture notes on the theoretical underpinnings for media ethics, followed by classwork.

10th February
We finish discussing the last slides from last time.
I will give back your classwork from last week and we will discuss your answers.
We then discuss lecture notes on Media Ethics.
If we have time, we discuss the following: Fairness Formula. We read the first two pages in class and work out questions 1 to 5.

17th February
We read the Fairness Formula handout and discuss questions 1 to 4. As planned, question 5 will be in the form of team presentations. Please bring all your articles on a pen drive. Each team will have around 5 minutes to present.

Please make sure you have a brief intro which explains what the article is about (content, structure, elements, etc.). No slides are needed and there should not be any written text for your presentation (just key points to guide you in your oral presentation).

We then discuss lecture notes on Media Ethics.

24th February
Public holiday

3rd March
We carry on with the team presentations. Please make sure you have read the lecture notes on Media Ethics.

Note: The summary of presentations and discussions related to local articles can be found here. The page will be updated as soon as all updated pictures are received.

10th March
We briefly discuss the lecture notes on Media Ethics, then lecture notes on Éthique et déontologie, followed by an exercise (Scenarios).

17th March
Please bring your key points for the exercise # 4 from the Fairness Formula handout (Select a topic that is currently in the news. Who would you interview to provide balance in an article on the topic or for more in-depth coverage of the issue?). This is to be done on an individual basis and submitted in class.

We will discuss lecture notes on Éthique et déontologie and work out the following tasks.

Interesting reading

The page for your presentations and discussions thereof has been updated except for two submissions which need to be checked.


Note: All students are expected to submit their key points for the exercise #4 in the Fairness Formula Handout by Tuesday 21st March in my assignment box. A selection of answers will be discussed during the next session on 24th March.

24th March
Please prepare for the tasks which have been handed out last week in class. We will thoroughly discuss the ethics statements (we have already discussed the first two), work out the proposed code of ethics and the scenario problem solving.

The group which had not yet given their presentation is expected to do so this week.

Useful resources: