Class on Wednesdays from 11.00 to 14.00
Room 2.4 NAC
Please note that lectures will be conducted in English and French.
We finish discussing the notes from last week (please try to research into the cases which are illustrated in the last few slides). Then, we discuss Introduction to ethics
Today, I gave a series of handouts. Please make sure you read them and prepare the exercises as requested:
– Fairness Formula: We read the first two pages in class. You need to work out questions 1 to 5 for next week.
– Scenarios: We discussed scenario 1 in class. The rest to be done for next week.
– Exercising Ethics and News Judgement: Pick some interesting news report from the local media and bring them to class for discussion next week.
We tackle any questions you may have on the remaining slides from last week on Introduction to ethics.
We discuss the following slides: Media-Ethics
We also discuss the exercises which were given last week (Fairness formula, Scenarios, News report analysis). Please bring all your material.
Please complete all the exercises from the previous handouts and bring your answers to class for discussion.
We will be doing some small group work on local news reports using the list of questions from the ‘Exercising Ethics and News Judgement’ handout. Please bring your own selection of articles for brainstorming. Each team will give a brief explanation of their findings in front of the class.
Please make sure that you read the slides on Media Ethics as well for discussion in class. Here is an updated version with illustrations included in the slides.
Teams which have not yet finished their small presentations on local articles will do so. Then, we discuss the following slides: Éthique et déontologie
We will also do some further team work using the following handouts: Case studies
We carry on with the teamwork on the case studies which were given last week. Each team is expected to make a brief presentation of their findings on the ethics statements given (around 5 minutes per team).
Then, we will complete the remaining tasks from the handout.
Here is some material which you can use to compete Task 2:
– NEPA Code de pratiques professionnelles de la presse mauricienne
– Code de déontologie de La Sentinelle
– Code of Ethics by the IBA
Other useful reading:
– L’éthique journalistique : plaidoyer pour une autorégulation
– Chapter 1 – Ethics in Journalism: Why and How? from my book Ethical Journalism and Gender Sensitive Reporting which was published in May 2013 under the aegis of UNESCO and UOM. The whole book is normally available for my students at a discounted price of Rs 200 instead of Rs 300 (just to cover the cost of printing) but if you cannot afford, please let me know.
– Improving Democracy in Mauritius. The need to remove information boundaries and enhance the media, a paper which I published in March 2013 in the Journal of Social Policies and Development – Special Issue – OSSREA Mauritius Chapter.
We will have a guest talk by Rajen Bablee and Diya Tatarah from Transparency Mauritius about corruption and investigative journalism from 11.30 to 12.30. Then, we will carry on with our classwork (Task Two and Task Three) as well as discussion of the article on the terrorist alert at the airport. Please also bring interesting articles for discussion in class.
Please make it a must to attend as you will be asked to write a summary of the talk and discussions as first graded assignment.
As for the book, it will be available in the Mediacom Studio as from Monday afternoon.
I shared the audio recording of the talk by Mr Rajen Bablee by Dropbox. Please make sure you listen to it and write the summary report (in the form of an article – i.e. using the inverted pyramid structure) including any other elements which you find interesting after perusal of Transparency’s website and other sources. Focus on how journalism, especially investigative journalism, can contribute to the ethical conduct of affairs in Mauritius (at all decision-maing levels including private and public sectors). To be submitted this Wednesday. The audio is solely to be used for this assignment, not for publication. The edited version will be published later.
Please note that the Digital Video Conference is being postponed to April due to the schedule of Mr Eduardo Cue in Paris.
We will thus carry on with our class. We will do some more practical exercises and discuss your fresh articles from the local press. Please do not forget to bring some of your own!
Also do not forget to post your contributions to the special page which has been created for the proposed code of ethics for a campus publication.
Useful resources which we discussed in class
- The preliminary report of Geoffrey Robertson
- The Leveson Inquiry
- The Dhooharika appeal to Privy Council (offence of scandalising the court): Press Summary and full judgment.
Since there will be the flag raising ceremony during class time, the class is postponed to next week. However, please complete all tasks and assignments and contribute online as requested above.
Note for assignment which was supposed to be submitted today. Given the weather condition, please submit a hard copy by Friday morning in my assignment box. If you cannot come on Friday morning, please send at least a soft copy to my email then submit a hard copy for marking as soon as possible.
Please refer to the notes above. There will be practical exercises of analysis of local media content (please bring your own). Do not forget to contribute to the proposal for a code of ethics. Please also read all resources which have been shared on this page for discussion in class. Those need me to sign the cover letter for internship, please bring your copy in class.
Reminder: There will be a test next week (25th March).
All students also need to rework and submit their first assignment as discussed in class.
As I have written 2 weeks ago (see above), you should write a summary report of the talk by the Director of Transparency Mauritius (in the form of an article – i.e. using the inverted pyramid structure) including any other elements which you find interesting after perusal of their website and other sources.
Use all the knowledge you have acquired in modules Principles of Journalism as well as Written Skills in French.
Make use of the inverted pyramid and 5W+H. Use adequate levels of ‘habillage de texte / titraille‘ (titre + surtitre / titre + sous-titre / chapô / intertitres / exergues / hors-textes / encadrés, etc.)
Also, pay particular attention to language (vocabulary, grammar and syntax).
I will provide some preliminary feedback on the class test.
Then, we will do some practical exercises in class, namely an analysis of local media content (please bring your own). As per demands made through the feedback system, these exercises will be done in teams.
I will give back your scripts for the test and work it out together. Then, we’ll do more practical exercises in class. Please bring media content too.
Scripts were given back in class and we discussed the answers to the test in detail. Students who were absent should gather their scripts and obtain information from their classmates.
Teams who analyzed newspaper articles in class are encouraged to post links of the articles in the comments section here and to elaborate on the issues they have found. All students are also encouraged to post articles too and provide a brief analysis in the comments section below.
No class scheduled.
However, all teams are expected to submit the topic chosen for the last assignment and input in the comments section below for approval. Please do so by 15th April latest.
About the last assignment
You are expected to form teams of 3 students. Each team should select a story which has been given coverage in the local media over the last months. You should research all articles which have been published on that topic in all local media (or as many as you can find online) in order to:
– analyze the coverage given by specific media houses over time
– compare the coverage given by different media houses
Obviously, you should focus on the ethical dimensions involved in reporting the news story.
All teams will give an oral presentation in class as from 22nd April. There will be drawing of lots at the beginning of the class to determine order of presentation so all students are expected to be in class at 11.30 sharp and to stay throughout the session.
Each team will have 10 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for Q&A. You are encouraged to use slides as visual aids and to include copies of the articles to be analyzed in your slides.
– The 7 deadly sins of journalism according to Harrower
– Untold Stories: How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Stalk the Newsroom, a report by EJN
– Leadership and Guiding Principles for African Media Owners and Managers by the African Media Initiative
– He Said, She Said, and the Truth by Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times
– Applying Standards: Media Owners and Journalism Ethics, a report by CIMA
We carry on with the oral team presentations (see instructions above). All teams should be present throughout the session.
As this is the last session for the year, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. You may also use the comments section for asking questions so that all students can view online. Please note that I will not be available between 20th May and 10th June as I will be travelling. So make sure you do your revision well in advance for any potential questions.
Here are the correct final CA marks
Please collect the remaining articles at the Registry.
Good luck for all your exams!