Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. – Janet Malcolm, ‘The Journalist and the Murderer’
We at the QCW are well familiar with the inquiries into the ethics and conduct of the news media in other countries in our old countries – Leveson, Finkelstein. We take the notion of ethics seriously.
But what is ethics? Hang on, before you all fall asleep …
Regina is a small town. Yes, it’s a city, but you might hear people say it’s a “small town” in conversation. Lots of people know each other.
We foreigners and immigrant-types don’t know people in the way that locals know each other in this small town.
We’ll only be respected in Regina and beyond if we do the right thing, and maybe go beyond what is imagined as the right thing.
The right things … being honest; respecting our audience and people not part of our audience; proper disclosure when ethically necessary; and highlighting properly any errors and failures.
Beyond the right thing … interviewees will be given and own any interview one we will also make available to any interviewee the recording of an interviewee with digital file. This will be done so interviewees can feel confident that whatever they say will be used in the proper context.