Media and Ethics (Jan-May 2014)

Class on Wednesdays at 11.00 in Room 8.1 Faculty of Agriculture
Module Outline

22nd January
Overview of media and ethics.

29th January
Introduction: le journalisme
Introduction to Ethics

5th February
No class as per Ministry decision due to the cyclone.

12th February
We discuss the notes on Introduction to Ethics then we discuss the following notes:
Ethique et déontologie

19th February
We carry on with the lecture on Ethique et déontologie

26th February
No class.

Useful reading for next week
NEPA Code de pratiques professionnelles de la presse mauricienne
Code de déontologie de La Sentinelle
Code of Ethics by the IBA
L’éthique journalistique : plaidoyer pour une autorégulation

5th March
We will read and discuss a chapter on Accuracy from the book Media Ethics by Johan Retief.
We will also complete activities which will involve teamwork, discussion, presentation and groundwork for a Code of Ethics.

Here’s the list of activities for next week. All teams should complete Task One for next week. They can also start preparing ideas for Task Two.

12th March was a public holiday.

19th March
Please bring your findings for Task One. Each team will be expected to discuss at least one statement. Also bring your ideas for Task Two for class discussion and voting. Then, we will look at Task Three.
Also to be discussed in class: recent local press articles / media reports with an ethical dimension.

26th March
We complete all the exercises.

2nd April
As announced last week, there will be a small test.

9th April
All students are expected to be present for the workshop at Lecture Theatre 1 as from 9.45 a.m.

16th April
No class. All students are expected to write a 500 word summary of the workshop on ethical reporting on gender-based violence which was held last week. To be submitted next week.

23rd April
We will discuss some recent ethical issues in the local media and also read a chapter which I will distribute in class.

All students are also expected to submit their assignment on ethical reporting of GBV. Those who were absent at the workshop are expected to do their own research on the topic. They may liaise with those who were present or consult the slides which I have posted online as well.

Please note that the book ‘Ethical Journalism and Gender-Sensitive Reporting‘ which was launched last year is now available.

For students who are interested to purchase the book, you may have it at a special discounted price of Rs 200 instead of Rs 300. Please let me know so that I can make arrangements for the books.

I also have copies of the book ‘Enhancing Democratic Systems. The Media in Mauritius: A Dialogue Session‘ which can also be bought at the discounted price of Rs 200 instead of Rs 350.

30th April
I will give back the tests. We will discuss the answers, then discuss the texts which have been circulated (from Retief’s and Agnès’ books).

Useful resources which we discussed in class

14th May
As agreed, we will have an additional session on 14th May from 10.00 to 12.00 in RBLT. I will give back remaining assignments, answer any questions for revision (you can start using the comments section to ask your questions here), do a small recap of topics covered.

Also, I am leaving copies of the two books I referred to with Ketan in the Mediacom Studio. You can either go there to purchase your copy or come to my office on appointment (send me an email on chanssc@uom.ac.mu).

Additional reading

You are also encouraged to consult my Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/christinameetoo/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christinameetoo for additional resources on journalism.

As explained at the additional session on 14th May, those who wish to may submit an additional assignment to catch up. The task is to find two recent local media reports (any format) which have ethical issues and provide an explanation and analysis of those issues and how these could have been solved. Deadline to submit: Friday 23rd May. Those who didn’t submit the assignment on ethical gender reporting should also do so as it counts for assignment!

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2 thoughts on “Media and Ethics (Jan-May 2014)

    • The same rules as for any essay writing apply for all modules. However, given the word limit and the fact that you are journalism students, you are advised to be direct, concise but meaningful. Don’t beat about the bush. Just answer the question as intelligently as possible with proper reasoning / evidence / examples…

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