Why do ethics matter in journalism? How can a journalist practice good ethics?
After responding to the questions above, think about this scenario:
You are a reporter for a local news organization. You get a phone call from an anonymous source claiming to have information on a well-known doctor who is selling illegal drugs in his clinic. The anonymous source does not give you his/her name, but tells you that he/she will call you back tomorrow with more information. You wait for the anonymous caller to call you back the next day, but they never do. The information the source gave you is huge – a well-know doctor selling illegal drugs!? This story could be big and possibly gain you recognition for investigative reporting.
What do you do? Should you publish a brief (a short story) or an in-depth story on the information the anonymous caller gave you? Why or why not?