The 7 canons of Journalism typifies the function that which all Journalists are under obligation, These well-founded and efficacious guidelines have a broad substratum of truth in it. It serves as a compass for any publishing journalist that wants to embark in this operative and pragmatic industry.
The 7 Canons of Journalism
Responsibility is the careful consideration of public welfare, without any malfeasance or exploitation. Without responsibility in media, it would be detrimental to the industry, and hardly reliable.
2)Freedom of the Press
Freedom of the press serves as a vital right of mankind, and must always be in the minds of all journalists. Freedom of press always brings forth the freedom of speech. “In no sane world should it be illegal to tell the truth”, and since the famous trial of Peter Zenger(http://www.ushistory.org/us/7c.asp) it has held the most intrinsic attribute to journalism, a free press. No successful or fulfilling democracy can operate without a free press. For our country to run efficiently, or even close to what we claim to be, we need to stay informed. We need to know what is going on within and without our country’s borders. It is an imperative pillar of the seven canons and without it- (arguably) the other six wouldn’t exist either. Journalism is the governments unofficial branch that keeps everything in check, and informs the citizens what is going on in the political world. “The fourth estate” in order to work properly it needs freedom of the press.
“Freedom from all obligations except that of fidelity to the public interest is vital” [(direct quote cited from http://ethics.iit.edu/ecodes/node/4457)] Media outlets need to independent in form and free from politics and advertisers leading them a screw.
Good Faith as a foundation of worthy journalism. It needs to depict the true story, otherwise without this canon(of the 7) all journalism would be mere “yellow journalism”(pure sensationalism) and only rile people up.
Media shall hold no bias views, and must write with complete objectivity, otherwise it isn’t a News story, it’s an opinion piece.
No unofficial charges shall affect the moral character of any individual, which includes libel and slanderous statements.
Newspapers or any mass media outlet shall willingly publish that of pure smut,
Without these canons of journalistic chivalry, we wouldn’t nessarliy have a free country. We wouldn’t be informed with reliable information, we wouldn’t know what to think about our country(like we know in the first place).
As “citizens” of the internet we surely do have an influence just as that newspaper, or news channel on the television, whenever we post(or publish) we can reach people, and it is important for us(the internet) to know and understand these 7 canons of Journalism, and apply them to our own lives.
As people on this earth and in this time, we like to capture all around us. So in a very technical way, we are all journalists of our own, capturing the day’s stories- and sharing them among-st each other. Therefore in a light we should always keep(the 7 canons) in mind whenever we share on facebook, twitter, reddit, (etc).
The 7 seven canons play a crucial and unseen role in the media industry(or so they want you to think), its much the Hippocratic oath a doctor takes before becoming a real surgery approved doctor.